9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Atherton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns travel website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from London in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Atherton.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kuranda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

1
night
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at The Crystal Caves, then explore the galleries of Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, then contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Atherton driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Atherton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Atherton are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Atherton

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe ©
Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 27th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, then contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then stroll around Cooktown War Memorial, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill.

Plan my day in Cooktown using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Atherton to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours

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.
On the 28th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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