15 days in Canberra & Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Canberra & Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Canberra & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 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:  8 h
End: Perth

3
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Canberra online travel planner .

Perth to Canberra is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Canberra due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in February; daily highs in Canberra reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tortured Gum Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

MaisyMoo, SunJet Simulations
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Brisbane in February, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan), Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Tea
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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