29 days in Rockhampton & Cairns Itinerary

29 days in Rockhampton & Cairns Itinerary

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29 days in Rockhampton & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rockhampton
— 15 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 12 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

15
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Relax by the water at Farnborough Beach and Yeppoon Main Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coastal Funk and Rockhampton Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rockhampton: Gladstone (Spinnaker Park, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, & more), Emu Park (Emu Park Historical Museum, Emu Park Art Gallery, & more) and Yeppoon (Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, Spring Head Lookout, & more). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Byfield National Park. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Mount Archer National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, admire all the interesting features of Langmorn Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Stony Creek.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton trip planning app .

Sydney to Rockhampton is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect nights in Rockhampton to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Gladstone, Mount Morgan, Byfield, Emu Park
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Byfield National Park ©
Byfield National Park
Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm

12
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.
Head to Sunday Market Port Douglas and Tanks Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Village Gallery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more), Mossman (Mossman Saturday Market & Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Michael Seebeck Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Mossman, Tanks Arts Centre
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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