8 days in Cairns Region, Daintree Region & Kuranda Itinerary

8 days in Cairns Region, Daintree Region & Kuranda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Mossman
— 1 night
Drive
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Cow Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuranda
— 1 night
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Cairns

— 3 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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll around Anzac Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and shop like a local with Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 19th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Daintree Wild Zoo, relax and rejuvenate at Pure Massage & Beauty, and then stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mossman takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mossman are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay

— 1 night
On the 20th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, get a taste of the local shopping with Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cow Bay trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Mossman to Cow Bay in 1.5 hours. In May in Cow Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Kuranda

— 1 night
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birdworld Kuranda, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Macalister Brewing Company.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kuranda trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Kuranda in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kuranda

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Cairns Region travel guide

4.1
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.

Daintree Region travel guide

4.1
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.