12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel route builder
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Townsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 7 nights

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Townsville — 1 night

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Townsville trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Townsville. In July, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Mission Beach.
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Mission Beach — 2 nights

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 15th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with Reef Express and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Paronella Park and then stroll through Mission Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Cairns on the 17th (Sun).
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Cairns — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 7 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 appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary app.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.
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