9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route maker

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Townsville
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Cooktown
— 2 nights
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Palm Cove
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner.

Mackay to Townsville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. September in Townsville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will leave for Cairns on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Cooktown

— 2 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at James Cook Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cooktown travel route app.

Fly from Cairns to Cooktown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Palm Cove

— 2 nights
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palm Cove trip builder site.

Fly from Cooktown to Palm Cove in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Townsville.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Townsville

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with The Drill Hall Studio.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Townsville planning tool.

You can fly from Palm Cove to Townsville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums · Shopping
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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.