17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cairns, Bus to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly

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Cape Tribulation

— 4 nights
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.
Cape Tribulation is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with Ocean Safari, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, tour in harmony with nature at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, and take a memorable tour with D'Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation road trip website.

Sacramento, USA to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sacramento to Cape Tribulation, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Tribulation, with highs around 83°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Rex Lookout in Wangetti--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 29th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrights Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 2nd (Sat): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in October, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Queensland travel guide

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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.