8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  14​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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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.
On the 6th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas attractions website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

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
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 8th (Sat), head outdoors with Jetryder. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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