6 days in Queensland & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

6 days in Queensland & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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6 days in Queensland & Sunshine Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba online attractions planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Mount Ninderry
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

2
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.
On the 8th (Sat), hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Mooloolaba to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar.

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

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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