9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey site .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 16th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach vacation tool .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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