10 days in Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Queensland Itinerary

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10 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  29​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bristol

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour itinerary planning site .

Bristol, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 29-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

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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

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.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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 6th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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