13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights

3
nights
Cairns

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Shop till you drop at Australian Leather Company and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning website.

Fitzroy Crossing to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fitzroy Crossing to Cairns is 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, thenget a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, thenhike along Dubuji Boardwalk, thenkick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation online vacation planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Attractions like Safaris and With Sugar make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas planning app.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, thenkick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach attractions app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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