15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

2
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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Sat), kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation road trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography 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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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