15 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Wrights Lookout.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip