17 days in Cape Tribulation, Cairns & Townsville Itinerary

17 days in Cape Tribulation, Cairns & Townsville Itinerary

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17 days in Cape Tribulation, Cairns & Townsville Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Drive:  3​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 11 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
End: Airlie Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker app .

Cairns to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus, car, and ferry. You can also do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

11
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Millaa Millaa Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Yungaburra (Curtain Fig National Park & Lake Barrine) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, get a new perspective on nature at The Crystal Caves, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Edge Hill, Yungaburra, Palm Cove, Mareeba, The Crystal Caves
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 29th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Townsville planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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