15 days in Queensland & Alice Springs Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & Alice Springs Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland & Alice Springs Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Fly:  26​h
End: Munich

4
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 get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Shaolin Junk Cruises. Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip tool .

Munich, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Munich in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

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

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Talapi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Alice Springs, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Talapi ©
Talapi

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in October: highs in Gold Coast hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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