12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Auckland

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 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in July, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip tool.

Fly from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in July; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Photography Tours in Daintree (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll around Anzac Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Spas
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

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