55 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

55 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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55 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 6 nights
Travel:  5​h 15​min
3
Lizard Island
— 6 nights
Travel:  4​h
4
Cooktown
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Herberton
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mission Beach
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cairns
— 14 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

9
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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Jindalba Boardwalk (in Cow Bay) and Elizas Gallery (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker app .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossman, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Elizas Gallery, Wonga Beach, Jindalba Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, & more) and Daintree (Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Photography Tours, & more). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation vacation planning app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off toLizard Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

6
nights
Lizard Island

Lizard Island ©
Lizard Island is known for nature, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Cod Hole, look for all kinds of wild species at No Name Reef, and explore the striking landscape of Lizard Island National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lizard Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Cape Tribulation to Lizard Island with the Route module. On the 30th (Thu), you're off toCooktown.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
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. Change things up with a short trip to Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park in Laura (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Endeavour River National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens, and visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cooktown itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lizard Island to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Herberton.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
Highlights from your plan
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

6
nights
Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Herberton side-trips: Ravenshoe (Millstream Falls National Park & Windy Hill Wind Farm Viewing Area), Mareeba (Granite Gorge Nature Park, North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation, & more) and Millaa Millaa (Millaa Millaa Falls, Rainforest Heart, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, explore the striking landscape at Bromfield Swamp, take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, and explore the striking landscape of Mt. Hypipamee National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Herberton trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Herberton takes 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Herberton can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Herberton

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa, Mareeba, Malanda, Tolga, Ravenshoe
Highlights from your plan
Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

7
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mission Beach: Tully Gorge National Park (in Tully) and Innisfail (Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park, Etty Bay, & more). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Charley's Chocolate Factory, kick back and relax at Mission Beach, and hike along Kennedy Walking Track.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Herberton to Mission Beach in 2 hours. On the 18th (Tue), you're off toCairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Innisfail, Tully
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track

14
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Kuranda (Wrights Lookout, Honey House, & more) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool