9 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

9 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Dubai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
Dubai

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Cairns to be much colder, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

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. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

few
hours
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 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 27th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 6°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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