8 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Daintree Region Itinerary

8 days in Cairns, Port Douglas & Daintree Region Itinerary

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Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Mossman
— 1 night
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Daintree
— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website.

Gold Coast to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. You will leave for Port Douglas on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Sun), get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stop by With Sugar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Pure Massage & Beauty.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mossman trip builder tool.

Mossman is just a stone's throw from Port Douglas. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks · Spas · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree

— 2 nights
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 18th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, shop like a local with Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Daintree Wellness Spa. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, make a trip to Elizas Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree trip builder.

Daintree is just a stone's throw from Mossman. In May, daytime highs in Daintree are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Daintree

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 20th (Thu), learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Daintree to Cape Tribulation in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Cairns

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker app.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Daintree Region travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.