11 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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11 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Adelaide

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Ngarru Gallery. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Daintree Tea in Daintree, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary tool.

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Thornton Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Tea
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and KickArts Contemporary Arts. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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