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
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

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, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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 29th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 1st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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