5 days in Cairns Itinerary

5 days in Cairns Itinerary

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Cairns

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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've now added Atherton Tablelands to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Birdworld Kuranda and Michaelmas Cay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skydiving and The Crystal Caves. Step out of Cairns to go to Yungaburra and see Lake Barrine, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning tool.

Townsville to Cairns is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

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