11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Dallas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then stop by Annie's Ladies Boutique, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner .

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Cairns. When traveling from Dallas in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 22nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 25th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in November: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 79°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, then explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Caloundra trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute, Abbey Church, Mooloolaba Beach, Aqua Fun Park
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

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