9 days in Cairns Region & Kuranda Itinerary

9 days in Cairns Region & Kuranda Itinerary

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9 days in Cairns Region & Kuranda Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  8​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Kuranda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

5
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.
You've added Kuranda Scenic Railway, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Josephine Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, stop by Cairns Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Cairns. Traveling from Christchurch in July, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kuranda.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Crystal Cascades, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kuranda Rainforest Journeys has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Peter Jarver Gallery, browse the exhibits of Doongul Aboriginal Art Gallery, and then see Kuranda Rainforest Journeys. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, look for gifts at Annie's Ladies Boutique, then don't miss a visit to Honey House, then learn more about the world around you at Emu Ridge Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at BatReach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuranda day trip planner.

Kuranda is just a stone's throw from Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cattana Wetlands
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Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys ©
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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