16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Daintree
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Auckland Central

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, and view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland Central in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

5
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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Janbal Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Coffee Works and With Sugar. Spend the 21st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stop by The Reef Marina, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then appreciate the history behind Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, and finally kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Daintree using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Daintree takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Daintree

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Daintree National Park, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 28th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, then look for gifts at The Real McCaul, then make a trip to Hastings Street, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Daintree to Noosa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Eumundi, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Art on Cairncross, Scuba & Snorkeling
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

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