11 days in Cairns & Palm Cove Itinerary

11 days in Cairns & Palm Cove Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cairns Region holiday planner

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Palm Cove
— 7 nights
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Cairns

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ellinjaa Falls as well as Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cairns. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cairns

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Highlights from your trip

Palm Cove

— 7 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Step out of the city life by going to Birdworld Kuranda and Yorkeys Knob Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio. Explore Palm Cove's surroundings by going to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Port Douglas (St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Sunday Market Port Douglas, &more) and Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, &more). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands, take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Palm Cove takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda and then identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Cairns takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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