14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  8​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

2
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, then stop by Beach Book Boutique, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally soothe aching muscles at Yoga On The Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
On the 12th (Fri), let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands and then get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Brisbane, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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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