22 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

22 days in Cairns Region Itinerary

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Cairns

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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Botanical Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas, Biked Cairns, &more). Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, tour the pleasant surroundings at Atherton Tablelands, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation builder.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Cairns Region travel guide

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An area defined by its close relationship with the ocean and its focus on the beach-going lifestyle, Cairns Region has a picture-postcard aesthetic that combines favorably with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere. A relative small slither of land--4,135 sq km (1,597 sq mi)--the region nevertheless boasts a large number of attractive beaches, coastal enclaves, scenic towns, and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The region revolves around the economic prosperity of its immaculate capital, the city of Cairns.