9 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

9 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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9 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
1
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Perth

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Cape Tribulation Beach & Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness). Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Perth to Port Douglas is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
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.
Kids will enjoy Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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