21 days in Cairns Region, Port Douglas & Airlie Beach Itinerary

21 days in Cairns Region, Port Douglas & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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21 days in Cairns Region, Port Douglas & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Rockhampton
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 14 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Rockhampton

14
nights
Cairns

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.
Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Josephine Falls will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park). Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Fig Tree, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curtain Fig National Park.

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Rockhampton to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Atherton, Mareeba, Innisfail, Palm Cove
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
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 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy, then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and finally step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in June: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Whitsunday Islands, Colour Me Crazy
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

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