6 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

6 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Cairns Region travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Hiking Trails
An area defined by its close relationship with the ocean and its focus on the beach-going lifestyle, Cairns Region has a picture-postcard aesthetic that combines favorably with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere. A relative small slither of land--4,135 sq km (1,597 sq mi)--the region nevertheless boasts a large number of attractive beaches, coastal enclaves, scenic towns, and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The region revolves around the economic prosperity of its immaculate capital, the city of Cairns.