Most travelers will find that 5 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Australia trip with stops in both Cairns and Port Douglas. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Sydney. Get inspired with the below ideas for Cairns and Port Douglas trips.

How many days do you need in Cairns & Port Douglas?

  • Most travelers spend 5-10 days in Cairns and Port Douglas combined
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extension is Sydney

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Recommended Itineraries for Cairns & Port Douglas

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairns Cairns
Day 2 Day Trip to the Great Barrier Reef Cairns
Day 3 Transfer to Port Douglas Port Douglas
Day 4 Daintree Rainforest Tour Port Douglas
Day 5 Return to Cairns, Depart  

Explore Far North Queensland on this active, five-day getaway. Begin in Cairns and get acquainted with Aboriginal culture and fare, along with strolling through the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Next, take a day trip to the largest coral reef system on the planet—the Great Barrier Reef—where you can cruise, snorkel, and explore this world-famous destination. Then, take the trip to Port Douglas to visit local wildlife, along with the Daintree Rainforest and the Kuku Yalanji Indigenous people. Read more

Extended Itineraries

12-Day Itinerary Including Sydney & Uluru

Noah Beach where the Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean
Noah Beach, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the ocean
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Sydney Sydney
Day 2 Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb & Opera House Sydney
Day 3 Blue Mountains Hiking Day Trip Sydney
Day 4 Whale Watching Cruise Sydney
Day 5 Fly to Uluru Uluru
Day 6 Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light Experience Uluru
Day 7 Fly to Cairns Cairns
Day 8 Day Trip to Kuranda Cairns
Day 9 Great Barrier Reef Excursion, Transfer to Port Douglas Port Douglas
Day 10 Day Trip to Daintree Rainforest Port Douglas
Day 11 Explore Port Douglas Port Douglas
Day 12 Depart Port Douglas  

This 12-day highlights tour combines stunning natural settings and diverse wildlife with heart-stopping activities. You'll begin in Sydney before flying into the outback, ending your stay along the coast, where you'll divide your time between the rainforest and the Coral Sea. You'll hug koalas in Kuranda, watch whales off the coast of Sydney, snorkel part of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as hike in the Blue Mountains, and catch a sunset over Uluru. Read more


Map of Cairns & Port Douglas: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cairns & Port Douglas: Best Itinerary Ideas