9 days in Cairns & Townsville Itinerary

9 days in Cairns & Townsville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland sightseeing planner

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Cairns

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns visit planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Townsville.

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Townsville

— 3 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip maker.

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

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Cairns

— 1 day

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

On the 14th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary site.

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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