8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning app .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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

3
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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by With Sugar, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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