8 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

8 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Cairns
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Singapore

few
hours
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market and then explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In October, Cairns is slightly colder than Singapore - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Museums
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Rusty's Market ©
Rusty's Market
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

4
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Agincourt Reef. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and With Sugar. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and take in the waterfront activity at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour builder .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Safaris
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Port Douglas

On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Cairns

Cairns ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Historic Sites
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McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery ©
McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery

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