11 days in Sydney, Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Cairns Region & Port Douglas Itinerary

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Sydney
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Cairns
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Port Douglas
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Cairns
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Sydney — 1 night

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner.

Canberra to Sydney is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. You'll set off for Cairns on the 20th (Wed).
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Cairns

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.
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mossman Gorge Centre Tours, Daintree National Park and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, go for a walk through Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip maker.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.
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Cairns — 5 nights

You've added The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Palm Cove Jetty) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Explore Cairns further: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Cairns Region travel guide

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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.
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