5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Melbourne to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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 25th (Wed), trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday planner.

You can 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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Horses in Port and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip app .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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