7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Brisbane

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Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning tool .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns attractions planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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