11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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 25th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and stop by Coffee Works.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 31st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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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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