7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Memphis

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Memphis, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 16 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
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 5th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brisbane, with lows of 55°F. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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