17 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

17 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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Port Douglas
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Cairns
— 14 nights

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Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Port Douglas. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Cairns

— 14 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rusty's Market and Underart Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Atherton Tablelands and Crystal Cascades. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Peter Jarver Gallery & Off-Road Tours), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, go for a walk through Red Arrow Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and stroll through Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips