8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
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: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in April, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) 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
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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