9 days in Palm Cove, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Palm Cove, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Palm Cove, Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
1
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Trinity Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Palm Cove online attractions planner .

Sydney to Palm Cove is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Palm Cove reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

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Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Port Douglas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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