49 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

49 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tropical North Queensland trip itinerary maker

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Cooktown
— 5 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 7 nights
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Port Douglas
— 10 nights
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Herberton
— 2 nights
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Mission Beach
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 19 nights
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Cooktown

— 5 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Great Northern Tours and Grassy Hill. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Endeavour River National Park. Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Mount Cook National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Finch Bay, relax in the rural setting at Alkoomie Station, take in the exciting artwork at Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and hike along Keating's Lagoon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cooktown online journey planner.

Brisbane to Cooktown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cape Tribulation

— 7 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Discovery Centre and Ocean Safari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 10 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Elizas Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, trot along with a tour on horseback, see the world from above with GBR Helicopters -Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Herberton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Herberton

— 2 nights
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, see the interesting displays at Spy & Camera Museum, and then examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Herberton journey planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Herberton in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Herberton are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Herberton

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Mission Beach

— 5 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Family-friendly places like Etty Bay and Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Mission Beach: Millaa Millaa (Millaa Millaa Falls & Rainforest Heart) and Reinsdown Horse Riding (in Tully). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's lots more to do: get active on the water at Wildside Adventures, look for gifts at Charley's Chocolate Factory, trek along Kennedy Walking Track, and make a trip to Golden Gumboot.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Herberton to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cairns

— 19 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Mareeba (Granite Gorge Nature Park, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, &more), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route planner.

Getting from Mission Beach to Cairns by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips