18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Village Gallery & Spas). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Anzac Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel tool .

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Walu Wugirriga Lookout about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation visit planning site .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Myall Beach ©
Myall 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stop by Beach Book Boutique.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder site .

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. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

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 a bit cooler in Brisbane, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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