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Cairns and Port Douglas

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Cairns and Port Douglas

We're going to Port Douglas for 4 nights in mid November, then on to Cairns for 2 before flying to Sydney. Apart from one or two trips to the GBR (probably with Wavelength), is there anything anyone can recommend we should do? I've been on the skyrail to Kuranda and the train back so I don't think I want to necessarily do that again. In particular, what is there to do in Cairns? I think I read somewhere that there are really lovely botanical gardens there. Has anyone been?

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If you're going in November, I recommend spending a day driving around the Atherton Tablelands going to all the waterfalls and swimming holes. Also maybe take a day trip up to the rainforest around Cape Tribulation.

The Flecker Botanic Gardens are really lovely. There's a great rainforest boardwalk there and you could easily take along a packed lunch and enjoy it there. It's just north of the city centre (probably a bit long to walk - take the bus instead).

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I found this website very helpful on stuff to do in Northern Qld:


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