I have three full days in Cairns in December, (and 2 half-days) and there are so many fun things to do its difficult to decide what to do!!
We definitely want to spend one day on the reef and one day driving up to Cape Tribulation.
The other day is more challenging! I'd like to visit Kuranda (mainly for the journey) via train/skyrail, and visit the koala place and butterfly farm, but I'm worried it'll be too touristy for my liking. We'll have a car, so the other option is a day of self-drive around the tablelands - lake echam, fig tree, waterfalls circuit.
I'm thinking perhaps we take the train up to Kuranda, and if we don't like it get the next Skyrail down and drive out to the tablelands, although we wouldn't be able to cover as much. Or else we could use our first afternoon (we land about 11am) to drive out to the tablelands.
So my questions are, is a day in Kuranda or a day driving around the tablelands a better option? Are the walks from Kuranda and the skytrain stops comparable to the tablelands, or can you recommend any particular walks or sights?
And, do you need to pre-book your Skyrail time or can you just take any one you like back down? The online booking site does not let you book any 15-minute slot, it only has about 3 time options.