8 days in Cairns & Daintree Region Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Daintree Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mossman
— 1 night
Drive to Cairns International Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport

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Cairns

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas), Port Douglas (Port Douglas Court House Museum, Ngarru Gallery, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Trinity Beach, take some stellar pictures from Wrights Lookout, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in June, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Daintree Entomological museum, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

Start your trip to Cape Tribulation by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mossman.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to Daintree Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daintree Wild Zoo, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossman tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Mossman takes 1.5 hours. In June in Mossman, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Daintree Region travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.