Sailaway, Mackay Cay, QLD © Sailaway Cape Tribulation

10-day coast to coast itinerary

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10-day coast to coast itinerary

Cairns Esplanade, Cairns City, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Cairns Esplanade, Cairns City, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

When to go

Cairns’ dry season (April to September) is the most popular time to visit. However, a trip during the wet season (November to March) can be cheaper and less crowded.

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda, QLD © Tourism Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Snorkelling Agincourt Reef, Port Douglas, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Snorkelling Agincourt Reef, Port Douglas, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest © Daintree Tours

Daintree Tours, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland © Daintree Tours

Did you know?

Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites meet – the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef.

Kings Park and Botanical Garden, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Kings Park and Botanical Garden, Perth, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

Quokka, Rottnest Island, WA © James Vodicka

Quokka, Rottnest Island, Western Australia © James Vodicka

Fremantle Tours, Michael Deller © Fremantle Tours

Freo is a real community, you always get stopped on the street for a g’day and wave or a chat.

Exmouth, Ningaloo Marine Park, WA © Anson Smart, Tourism Australia

Exmouth, Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia © Anson Smart, Tourism Australia

Murray John Pattison, Live Ningaloo

"Exmouth is a laid-back town. We often say we ‘live in a bubble’ where you can take your dog on the beach without a lead and rock up to the shops with sandy feet and no shoes."

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

Lancaster Wines, Swan Valley, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Lancaster Wines, Swan Valley, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

Travel tip

When ordering a tap beer at an Aussie pub, do yourself a favour and learn the local jargon. In Western Australia, a 'pot' is the largest size at over 500mls (20 ounces).