11 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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Port Douglas
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Cairns
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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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, stop by With Sugar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planning site.

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in April: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Cairns

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip app.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips