15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  3​h
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Cardiff

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and then admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker tool .

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, then explore and take pictures at Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island day trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Magnetic Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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2
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then look for gifts at CoffeeWorks, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary builder site .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In August, daytime highs in Townsville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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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 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Townsville to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Townsville - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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Port Douglas

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 14th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with The Bump Track and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

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Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Spas & Wellness
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. Visiting Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree Discovery Centre will get you outdoors. When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield, approximately 36 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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