8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
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 1st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Gold Coast to Cape Tribulation takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, expect Cape Tribulation to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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day
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 5th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to 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. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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