6 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

6 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

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6 days in Port Douglas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
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.
On the 20th (Fri), learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Trinity Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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