60 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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Fly to Cairns International Airport, Drive to Malanda
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Malanda
— 6 nights
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Mission Beach
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 21 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 10 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 6 nights
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Lizard Island
— 5 nights
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Cooktown
— 6 nights
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Malanda

— 6 nights
Malanda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malanda: Tolga (Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio & Tolga Historical Society and Museum), Mareeba (Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre & Granite Gorge Nature Park) and Herberton (Historic Village Herberton, Spy & Camera Museum, &more). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Millaa Millaa Falls, experience rural life at Mungalli Creek Dairy Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Zillie Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe.

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Brisbane to Malanda is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In July, Malanda is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Malanda

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 5 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mission Beach: Innisfail (Etty Bay, Innisfail Temple, &more) and Tully Gorge National Park (in Tully). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, stop by Charley's Chocolate Factory, enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Malanda to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cairns

— 21 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas, &more), Mareeba (North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation & Jaques Coffee Plantation) and Kuranda (Barron Falls, Birdworld Kuranda, &more). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip app.

Getting from Mission Beach to Cairns by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree (Daintree Tea, Elizas Gallery, &more) and Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mossman). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Photography Tours & Floravilla Ice Cream Factory) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, &more). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, hike along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, and kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Lizard Island

— 5 nights
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Lizard Island National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lizard Island vacation builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Lizard Island. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Cooktown

— 6 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Go for a jaunt from Cooktown to Laura to see Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park about 2h 45 min away. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Cedar Bay National Park. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Endeavour River National Park. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Grassy Hill, explore the galleries of Kuku Bulkaway, take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown route planner.

Explore your travel options from Lizard Island to Cooktown with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip