12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  27​h
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
New York City

2
days
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online itinerary maker .

New York City, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Townsville.

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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
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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 6th (Fri): go for a walk through Castle Hill and then view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Townsville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, expect Townsville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 9th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at With Sugar, head outdoors with Horses in Port, then choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

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Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Anzac Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, then get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and finally let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Birdworld Kuranda
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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