8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

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 30th (Sun): stop by With Sugar and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, stroll through Dicky Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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