11 days in Port Douglas, Daintree Region & Cairns Itinerary

11 days in Port Douglas, Daintree Region & Cairns Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Daintree
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Wangetti to see Rex Lookout about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary tool.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Daintree

— 3 nights
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Family-friendly places like Daintree National Park and Thornton Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Daintree: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Cape Tribulation (Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm & Cape Tribulation Beach). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Daintree trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Daintree in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Daintree can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Cairns

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrights Lookout, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner.

Drive from Daintree to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Daintree Region travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.