3-day itinerary: Dip a toe into the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns
What are you waiting for? Follow this super short and sweet itinerary (ex Brisbane) for a long-weekend escape.
9AM: WELCOME TO THE TROPICS
10AM: TAKE ADVENTURE TO NEW HEIGHTS
3:30pm: SET SAIL IN PORT DOUGLAS
Arrive just in time for a 1.5-hour sunset tour with Aquarius Luxury Sailing and you’ll definitely be living the #luxelife.
7pm: EAT, DRINK AND REPEAT
Looking to splash out? Book ahead for a six-course Flames of the Forest meal and show in the Daintree Rainforest canopy by candlelight – yes, it’s too good to be true (but it is).
AM: NOW STOP. REEF TIME!
A trip to Cairns is not complete without visiting the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Head out for a full day on the Outer Reef with Quicksilver Cruises or Calypso Reef Charters. Complete an introductory dive, snorkel ‘til you’re pruny or just ogle the marine world through the underwater viewing platform. Alternatively, step aboard a full-day or half-day sail to Low Isles with Sailaway.
PM: TIME TO REFUEL
Feed George (the resident grouper) who comes in for dinner right on happy hour at On The Inlet, then stay to wine and dine yourself.
DAY THREE: BYE FOR NOW, BUT NOT FOREVER
AM: FIT(NESS) A WHOLE LOT IN
Get outta bed on the right side this morning because it’s time for the last hoorah.
Make the most of it by jogging along Four Mile Beach with other fitness buffs before breakfast, or tee off early for nine holes of golf at the Palmer Sea Reef.
MIDDAY: FUEL UP BEFORE JETTING HOME
Drive 40 minutes south to Palm Cove for lunch at the award-winning Nu Nu.
Once the food settles, get wet on a Hobie cat, paddle wheel bike or jet-ski, or just stroll the palm-lined beach before heading back to Cairns for your flight home.
We guarantee you’ll be back to Cairns quicker then you can say Tropical North Queensland.
Have we missed something? What else would you squeeze in with 3 days in Cairns?
This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated on 13 March 2018.