8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Nashville

1
day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, and finally stroll through Finch Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cooktown tour planner .

Nashville, USA to Cooktown is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Nashville to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
On the 15th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cairns

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.
On the 16th (Wed), trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Balloon Rides

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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