12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 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
— 3 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 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and look for gifts at Whitsunday Opals.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip planning tool .

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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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 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, stop by Coffee Works, and enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Oxenford and see Warner Bros. Movie World, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brisbane trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Brisbane to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
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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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