9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
— 2 nights


Port Douglas — 2 nights

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.
Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation maker site.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

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 3rd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll around South Bank Parklands and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Brisbane, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors
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Queensland travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.