9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get a bit warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, Cairns is a bit warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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