23 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

23 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. Get some cultural insight at Village Gallery and Samurai Gallery Australia. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove) and Ross and Locke Park (in Little Mulgrave). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and explore the galleries of Underart Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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.