16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then get your game on at Circus Arts Gold Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder website .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Wirreanda Park (in Buderim). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Wirreanda Park, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird 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

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 (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see Off-Road Tours, and walk around Anzac Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Photography Tours, Daintree Tea, & more) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and stop by With Sugar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas route app .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

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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