13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  31​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Madison

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.
Spend the 13th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online journey planner .

Madison, USA to Cairns is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Madison to Cairns. Traveling from Madison in March, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at Coffee Works, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 19th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach tour planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planner .

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in March, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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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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