8 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Port Douglas Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Atherton Tablelands and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Off-Road Tours and Birdworld Kuranda. Venture out of the city with trips to Malanda Falls (in Malanda), Yungaburra (Artistree Gallery & Lake Barrine) and Wrights Lookout (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning app.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Kuranda, Malanda Falls, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, Crystal Cascades
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday planning website.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Daintree Tea, Cow Bay Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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