13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Townsville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tully
Drive
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Undara Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Atherton
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive
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Mossman
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Townsville

— 4 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Step off the beaten path and head to Townsville Whale Watching and Many Peaks Walking Track. Visiting Copperfield Gorge and Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve will get you outdoors. When in Townsville, make a side trip to see Alligator Falls Track in Alligator Creek, approximately Alligator Creek away. There's much more to do: stroll through Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, don't miss a visit to Street Art CBD Walking Trails, take an in-depth tour of Townsville Museum and Historical Society, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Townsville trip itinerary tool.

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Townsville at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tully.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tully

Tully is a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 5th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, stop by The Pocket, and then stroll through Tully Gorge National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tully trip planner.

You can drive from Townsville to Tully in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Undara Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Tully

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Undara Volcanic National Park

— 1 night
On the 6th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Undara Volcanic National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Undara Volcanic National Park online visit planner.

Drive from Tully to Undara Volcanic National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Undara Volcanic National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Atherton

— 1 night
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Atherton tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Undara Volcanic National Park to Atherton by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Atherton can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Cape Tribulation

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Marrdja Botanical Walk, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Atherton to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 9th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, then catch all the local highlights with Sweet Farm Tours, and finally play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mossman attractions planning tool.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Mossman in 1.5 hours. In September in Mossman, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mossman

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Golf

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 10th (Fri), stroll through Opal Reef, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, tee off at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and finally look for gifts at Moonglow Jewellery. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, trot along with a tour on horseback, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker.

Port Douglas is just a stone's throw from Mossman. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife · Baths

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Red Arrow Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, then stroll around Munro Martin Parklands, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Cairns online journey planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.

Daintree Region travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.