13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and St. John's Anglican Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton) and Artisans Gallery (in Eumundi). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Art on Cairncross, explore the galleries of Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Caloundra, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Mapleton Observatory, Artisans Gallery, Art on Cairncross
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Village Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns route site .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, experience rural life at Daintree Tea, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally stroll through Myall Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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