13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

1
night
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 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 9th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Brisbane in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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