6 days in Queensland Itinerary

6 days in Queensland Itinerary

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6 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 29th (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, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and stop by Coffee Works.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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