12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Eumundi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Paderborn

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Shop till you drop at Coffee Works and With Sugar. Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and stop by Funstuff by Lynda.

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Paderborn, Germany to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Paderborn to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paderborn in March: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Eumundi.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, stop by The Real McCaul, then stop by Belmondos Organic Market, and finally wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eumundi day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Eumundi takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eumundi

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Noosa
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

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