18 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

18 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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Cairns

— 15 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more), Palm Cove (Spas, Annie's at the Beach, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder site.

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Cairns. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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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.