8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  2​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 31st (Thu): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery, and then let little ones run wild at Point Dayman Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Harbour Gift Gallery ©
Harbour Gift Gallery

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 3rd (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Hervey Bay in November, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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