9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 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:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 12th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, stop by With Sugar, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder tool .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 15th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. March in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors
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Speed Boats Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in March, Brisbane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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