8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary builder .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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 20th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then walk around South Bank Parklands, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

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
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, head outdoors with Watersports Guru, then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and finally find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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