13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Village Gallery in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, and walk around Munro Martin Parklands.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning app .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Village Gallery, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas driving holiday planning app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jet Ski Safaris. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a tour by water with Jet Ski Safaris and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip builder site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Jet Ski Safaris ©
Jet Ski Safaris

4
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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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