6 days in Queensland Itinerary

6 days in Queensland Itinerary

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6 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
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 8th (Mon): stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in October; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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