15 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tropical North Queensland travel planner

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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cairns

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Honey House & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, see Off-Road Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip maker.

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Cape Tribulation

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4: