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4-5 days around Cairns

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My husband, my teenage son, and I will be spending five nights around Cairns at the beginning of August. We'll be arriving at noon, spending five nights, and leaving at noon. We'll be coming from the US, so will need a little recovery time from a 32 hour trip. My husband wants to dive and my son and I want to snorkel. We also want to visit the Tablelands and the Daintree Rainforest, and maybe drive up to Cape Trib. We will have a rental car. We have enough points for five free nights at a hotel in Cairns, but don't have to stay there the whole time. Can you please advise as to the following itinerary?

July 31: Arrive Cairns airport at noon, zonk out at hotel in Cairns
Aug 1: Visit Tablelands, stay in Yungaberra?
Aug. 2: Explore Tablelands, spend night in Cairns
Aug. 3: Dive and snorkel from Cairns
Aug. 4: Drive up the coast to Daintree Forest, maybe to Cape Trib, back to Cairns
Aug. 5: leave Cairns airport at noon

I've read that you aren't supposed to do the Tablelands right after diving or before flying because of the altitude so have planned accordingly. Does this work? Is it reasonable to think we could do Cairns to Daintree and maybe Cape Trib and back in one day? Should we stay in Port Douglas that night instead? Or should we give Daintree/Cape Trib two days, and do the Tablelands in one day (stay in Cairns, drive up for the day and back)?

I've read every book I can get my hands on, but am having a hard time figuring this out. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Oh, just for background, we'll be spending most of our vacation in NZ. But my husband is a diver, and he said, "We can't go to NZ, and not go to the Great Barrier Reef, too." "You know," I said, "that Australia is a different country, don't you?" Oh, well! But while there, we want to get a feel for as much as we can. We won't be taking tours, just tooting around on our own.

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