12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Birdsville
— 1 night
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Twin Featherz.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday maker tool.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Birdsville.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

1
night
Birdsville

Birdsville ©
Birdsville is a small town and locality in the Shire of Diamantina, Queensland, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating landscape at Big Red Sand Dune and then get outside with Birdsville Races.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Birdsville trip builder app.

You can drive from Brisbane to Birdsville in 17.5 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Birdsville, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Birdsville

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Birdsville Races ©
Birdsville Races

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip builder.

Traveling by car from Birdsville to Airlie Beach takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Birdsville in September, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Earl Hill
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) 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
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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