13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at With Sugar and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, then stroll through Myall Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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Take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip itinerary builder .

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, plan for little chillier nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Movie World
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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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