32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland tour planner

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Mackay
— 1 night
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Bowen
— 3 nights
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Lucinda
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Atherton
— 2 nights
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Cooktown
— 3 nights
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Mossman
— 1 night
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Palm Cove
— 3 nights
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 3 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Port of Airlie, Bus to Mackay
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Mackay

— 1 night
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and then take an in-depth tour of Mackay Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mackay online itinerary builder.

Rockhampton to Mackay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. In August in Mackay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Bowen

— 3 nights
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Step out of Bowen with an excursion to The Coalface Experience in Collinsville--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock, get engrossed in the history at Bowen Historical Society and Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grays Bay.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bowen day trip website.

You can drive from Mackay to Bowen in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Mackay in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Bowen, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Townsville

— 2 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip maker.

Getting from Bowen to Townsville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bowen in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lucinda.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Lucinda

— 2 nights
Lucinda is a coastal town in the state of Queensland, Australia, located at the southern entrance to Hinchinbrook Channel near the town of Ingham. On the 28th (Sun), head outdoors with Absolute North Charters and then take a leisurely stroll along Lucinda Jetty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through TYTO Wetlands and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jourama Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucinda journey builder website.

Drive from Townsville to Lucinda in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Lucinda

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

Plan a trip to Cairns easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Lucinda to Cairns takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Atherton.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Atherton

— 2 nights
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): learn more about the world around you at The Crystal Caves, make a trip to Lake Tinaroo, and then don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Atherton trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Atherton takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Atherton can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Atherton

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Cooktown

— 3 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Cooktown is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, walk around Cooktown Botanical Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooktown trip planning tool.

You can drive from Atherton to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mossman.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Mossman

— 1 night
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 5th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Pure Massage & Beauty, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mossman Gorge Centre, and then enjoy some diversion at Janbal Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mossman tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cooktown to Mossman in 3.5 hours. September in Mossman sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mossman to Cape Tribulation in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Palm Cove

— 3 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Cove: Kuranda (Honey House, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palm Cove holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Palm Cove in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Mission Beach

— 2 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach and then walk around Paronella Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mission Beach day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Mission Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Townsville

— 3 nights
Explore Townsville further: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Riverway, and learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip app.

You can drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Townsville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Passage Peak, get outside with Jetryder, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Mackay

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail and then stroll around Gooseponds.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mackay route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Hamilton Island to Mackay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mackay when traveling from Hamilton Island in September, with lows around 19°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Queensland travel guide

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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.