9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Durham
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  23​h
End: Durham

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Durham, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Durham to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in March, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Get outdoors at Thornton Beach and Horses in Port. Daintree Discovery Centre and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree Discovery Centre, Thornton Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
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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 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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