8 days in Daintree & Cairns Itinerary

8 days in Daintree & Cairns Itinerary

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8 days in Daintree & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Daintree
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dunedin

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wonga Beach and Thornton Beach. Relax by the water at Cow Bay Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Daintree: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Myall Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, make a trip to Elizas Gallery, and look for gifts at Daintree Naturals Artist Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Daintree trip maker site .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Daintree is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November in Daintree, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Wonga Beach, Cow Bay Beach
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Atherton Tablelands and Birdworld Kuranda. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: The Crystal Caves (in Atherton), Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). The adventure continues: stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Daintree to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Birdworld Kuranda, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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