9 days in Townsville, Cairns & Mackay Itinerary

9 days in Townsville, Cairns & Mackay Itinerary

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1
Townsville
— 1 day
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
3
Mackay
— 1 night

1
day
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip maker.

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Townsville to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

6
nights
Cairns

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Monica's Cathedral and Michaelmas Cay. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Kuranda (Butterfly Shop Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns planning website.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Orchid Display House and then stroll through Bluewater Trail.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mackay online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Mackay takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in July, with highs in Mackay at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Orchid Display House ©
Orchid Display House

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