15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  10​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas & Wellness about 30 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

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Hong Kong, China to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Cairns. Traveling from Hong Kong in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Cairns, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 26th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough 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 Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, laugh and play at Wheel of Brisbane, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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