13 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tropical North Queensland tour planner

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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Palm Cove
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Fitzroy Island
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas

— 3 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.
For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online route planner.

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Palm Cove

— 4 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Palm Cove is known for beaches, spas, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find your balance on the water with Pacific Watersports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Palm Cove by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Palm Cove sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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Cairns

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planner.

You can drive from Palm Cove to Cairns in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Fitzroy Island

— 3 nights
Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Fitzroy Island National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fitzroy Island trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Fitzroy Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fitzroy Island to Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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