49 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

49 days in Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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Cooktown
— 5 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 7 nights
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Port Douglas
— 10 nights
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Herberton
— 2 nights
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Mission Beach
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 19 nights

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Great Northern Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Endeavour River National Park. Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Mount Cook National Park. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, stroll around Cooktown War Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Keating's Lagoon.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip planner.

Brisbane to Cooktown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours

7
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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.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Discovery Centre and Myall Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with Ocean Safari, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, kick your exploration up a notch at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
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Ocean Safari ©
Ocean Safari
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

10
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Elizas Gallery). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Wonga Beach, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Herberton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Mossman Saturday Market, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, see the interesting displays at Spy & Camera Museum, and then examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Herberton journey planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Herberton in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Herberton are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Herberton

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Herberton Mining Museum ©
Herberton Mining Museum
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio ©
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Family-friendly places like Etty Bay and Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Mission Beach: Reinsdown Horse Riding (in Tully) and Millaa Millaa (Millaa Millaa Falls & Rainforest Heart). Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's lots more to do: get active on the water at Wildside Adventures, trek along Kennedy Walking Track, explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and stop by Charley's Chocolate Factory.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Herberton to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tully, Innisfail, Millaa Millaa
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay
Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park ©
Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park
Wildside Adventures ©
Wildside Adventures

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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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Mareeba (Granite Gorge Nature Park, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, &more) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, cool off at Cairns Wake park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Mareeba, Palm Cove, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Jan 17 — Feb 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground