10 days in Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trinity Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Palm Cove
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mossman
— 1 night
Drive
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Daintree
— 2 nights
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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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns route tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cairns. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trinity Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Trinity Beach

— 1 night
To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Trinity Beach day trip planning app.

Trinity Beach is just a short distance from Cairns. In December in Trinity Beach, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Palm Cove on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Trinity Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Palm Cove

— 1 night
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, stop by Annie's at the Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally get great views at Rex Lookout. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palm Cove trip itinerary builder tool.

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Trinity Beach. In December in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Thu), look for gifts at With Sugar and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Port Douglas takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Mossman.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossman day trip planner.

Mossman is just a stone's throw from Port Douglas. In December, daily temperatures in Mossman can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Mossman

Golf · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Daintree

— 2 nights
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree route builder.

Daintree is just a short distance from Mossman. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Daintree

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.