Queensland is an enormous, sprawling state, and trying to explore all of its many attractions in one short getaway is a gargantuan task. In this post we focus on Far North Queensland, a section of the state filled with plenty to see both on land and sea.
Here’s our suggested itinerary for 7 days in Tropical Queensland:
Days 1-2: See Cairns
Cairns is the starting point for this journey - it’s essentially the capital of Far-North QLD. The city itself boasts a waterfront lagoon and easy access to the world-famed Great Barrier Reef (which we’ll get to later).
Start your trip off with some exploration of the town, taking in the sights. On day two, consider heading over to Barron Gorge for a hike. The national park is beautiful, unspoilt, and perfectly encapsulates the charm of Queensland’s inland attractions. If hiking doesn't appeal, why not head to Palm Cove and enjoy a wander down the jetty, and grab something to eat from one of the beach-side cafes or restaurants.
Day 3: Port Douglas
Just north of Cairns, you’ll find the picturesque Port Douglas, one of Australia’s favourite holiday getaways. A tropical resort town, the port is famed for its pristine beaches and luxury accommodation.
Day 4: Explore the Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas also one of the best places in Queensland to explore the Great Barrier Reef, with many local tour operators offering tours by boat. Better yet, dive on in and get up close with the marine life that calls the majestic natural wonder home. Whether you're a diver or just into snorkelling, you'll love seeing the reef and all the wildlife up close.
Day 5: Beach It Up
Chill out today by the water at Four Mile Beach, stretching alongside the main town of Port Douglas. You’ve earned it!
Day 6: Get lost in the Daintree
About an hour and a half north of Port Douglas, you’ll find the Daintree Rainforest, a unique habitat in Australia, and home to some very special wildlife. You’ll need your walking shoes on: exploring the rainforest through its elevated boardwalks is a lot of fun, and will provide some great photo opportunities!
Day 7: Back to Cairns
Enjoy a little more time beach-side or check out the village of Kuranda on your way past before heading home. Kuranda boasts a scenic railway and a rainforest cableway, the Skyrail, which takes you high above the canopy for a fantastic view of the coast.
After 7 days in the Tropical North, we can almost guarantee that you will be back soon!