15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 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:  16​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much warmer (73°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Cairns Aquarium ©
Cairns Aquarium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and finally kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online holiday maker .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge. Spend the 30th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 1st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kids will enjoy Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Warner Bros. Movie World. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planning tool .

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 January, expect little chillier with lows of 71°F in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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