12 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

12 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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12 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Christchurch

11
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 now added Esplanade Boardwalk to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Michaelmas Cay. Get a sense of the local culture at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and Spy & Camera Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Horses in Port, Opal Reef, &more), Kuranda (Wrights Lookout & Birdworld Kuranda) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Red Arrow Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planning app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Christchurch in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa, Port Douglas, Yungaburra, Mareeba, Wangetti
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 26:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Shark Diving

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