9 days in Cairns, Mossman & Port Douglas Itinerary

9 days in Cairns, Mossman & Port Douglas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland holiday planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Mossman
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. You will leave for Mossman on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Mossman

— 3 nights
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Mossman is known for wineries, fun & games, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Whyanbeel Arboretum, relax in the rural setting at Australian Muster Experience, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

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You can drive from Cairns to Mossman in 1.5 hours. In October in Mossman, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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Port Douglas is just a short distance from Mossman. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

On the 18th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip