60 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Malanda
— 6 nights
2
Mission Beach
— 5 nights
3
Cairns
— 21 nights
4
Port Douglas
— 10 nights
5
Cape Tribulation
— 6 nights
6
Lizard Island
— 5 nights
7
Cooktown
— 6 nights

6
nights
Malanda

Malanda ©
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, &more), Herberton (Historic Village Herberton, Spy & Camera Museum, &more) and Mareeba (Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre & Granite Gorge Nature Park). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Millaa Millaa Falls, explore the striking landscape at Bromfield Swamp, experience rural life at Rainforest Heart, and look for all kinds of wild species at Zillie Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Malanda trip app.

Brisbane to Malanda is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Malanda: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Malanda

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa, Herberton, Tolga, Mareeba
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

5
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
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: Tully Gorge National Park (in Tully) and Innisfail (Etty Bay, Innisfail Temple, &more). 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

Side Trips

Innisfail, Tully
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay

21
nights
Cairns

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: Kuranda (Barron Falls, Birdworld Kuranda, &more), Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas, &more) and Mareeba (North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation & Jaques Coffee Plantation). 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. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Green Island, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Mareeba, Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

10
nights
Port Douglas

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). Spend the 5th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head outdoors with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 °C, while nighttime lows are °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

Side Trips

Mossman, Daintree, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

6
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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 Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, &more) and Daintree (Photography Tours & Floravilla Ice Cream Factory). 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °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

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Photography Tours
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

5
nights
Lizard Island

Lizard Island ©
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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Lizard Island National Park ©
Lizard Island National Park

6
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
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

Side Trip

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum