22 days in Cairns Region, Townsville & Rockhampton Itinerary

22 days in Cairns Region, Townsville & Rockhampton Itinerary

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Cairns

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Annie's at the Beach, Palm Cove Beach, &more). Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire all the interesting features of Gallo DairyLand, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and make a trip to Green Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Townsville

— 7 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get out of town with these interesting Townsville side-trips: Copperfield Gorge (in Einasleigh), Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Charters Towers (Texas Longhorn Tours & Leahton Park). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, and hike along Castle Hill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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Rockhampton

— 7 nights
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gladstone (East Shores Water Park & Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum), The Caves (Capricorn Caves & Mount Etna Caves National Park) and Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park (in Wycarbah). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, stroll through Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail, take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and stroll around Canoe Point Beach and Parklands.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cairns Region travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Hiking Trails
An area defined by its close relationship with the ocean and its focus on the beach-going lifestyle, Cairns Region has a picture-postcard aesthetic that combines favorably with a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere. A relative small slither of land--4,135 sq km (1,597 sq mi)--the region nevertheless boasts a large number of attractive beaches, coastal enclaves, scenic towns, and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The region revolves around the economic prosperity of its immaculate capital, the city of Cairns.