8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Faro
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  35​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  34​h
End: Faro

1
day
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 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation day trip tool .

Faro, Portugal to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Faro in January, expect Cape Tribulation to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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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 25th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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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 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in January, with highs in Gold Coast at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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