9 days in Mount Gambier, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Mount Gambier, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Mount Gambier, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cooktown
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
On the 5th (Mon), walk around Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park, then explore the striking landscape at Umpherston Sinkhole, then Head underground at Cave Gardens, and finally get lost in a book at Mount Gambier Public Library.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mount Gambier driving holiday planner .

Brisbane to Mount Gambier is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect Mount Gambier to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
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Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park ©
Mount Gambier Public Library ©
Mount Gambier Public Library
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, then steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide online travel route planner .

You can fly from Mount Gambier to Adelaide in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Shopping Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then walk around Anzac Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Cooktown is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, admire all the interesting features of Cooktown War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, and visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooktown online travel route planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown in 3 hours. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

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