11 days in Cairns & Daintree Itinerary

11 days in Cairns & Daintree Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland planner

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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Daintree
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Babinda Boulders, River Rafting & Tubing and Kuranda Rainforest Journeys. Family-friendly places like Esplanade Boardwalk and Cairns Aquarium will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Walshs Pyramid (in Gordonvale), Innisfail (Innisfail Temple & Mamu Tropical Skywalk) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Daintree

— 2 nights
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 23rd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Pure Massage & Beauty, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Daintree trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Daintree takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Daintree can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Your day by day itinerary now includes Babinda Boulders, River Rafting & Tubing and Kuranda Rainforest Journeys. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Botanical Gardens and Cairns Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mount Bartle Frere (in Atherton), Kuranda (Rainforestation Nature Park & Barron Falls) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Enjoy Cairns some more: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Figtree Playground, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and stroll around Anzac Park.

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

You can drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips