16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Wheel of Brisbane. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Brisbane. Traveling from London in October, expect Brisbane to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to 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
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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 24th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach journey tool .

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. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 Four Mile Beach. Spend the 28th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Annie's Ladies Boutique). Spend the 31st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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