12 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

12 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cairns Region tour planner

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Cairns

— 11 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Samurai Gallery Australia and Cairns Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, admire all the interesting features of Red Arrow Walk, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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Cairns Region travel guide

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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.