12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
4
Cairns
— 3 nights

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane journey planner.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

3
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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 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas planning site.

Fly from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in October, with highs in Port Douglas at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Horseback Riding Tours

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 21st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Australian Leather Company.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions planning website.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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

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