12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walk Brisbane as well as Australia Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Walk Brisbane. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane journey planning app .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 23°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz ©
Psychic Readings Twin Featherz
Walk Brisbane ©
Walk Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Brisbane in December, with lows around 28°C. You will leave for Townsville on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Magnetic Island National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), kick back and relax at The Strand and then explore and take pictures at Castle Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Magnetic Island National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then make a trip to Riverway, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toPort Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Magnetic Island National Park
Highlights from your plan
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Cairns on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fitzroy Island National Park. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns vacation planning website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fitzroy Island National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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