11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h
3
Longreach
— 1 day
bus + ferry:  19​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Cairns

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 hidden gems such as Josephine Falls and Skydiving. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Cairns to go to Babinda and see Babinda Boulders, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Cairns, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and With Sugar. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Photography Tours

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Longreach attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Longreach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums
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3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Passage Peak. Family-friendly places like Catseye Beach and Wild life Hamilton Island will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, get outside with Jetryder, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Longreach to Hamilton Island takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Longreach in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

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