9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland Central

2
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Cairns. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planning app .

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 December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands and then take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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