12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Venice
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Venice

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip website .

Venice, Italy to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Brisbane is 9 hours. In January, Brisbane is much warmer than Venice - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and get outside with Horses in Port.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route maker app .

You can 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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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