8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Start: Memphis
+2
Bus + 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 + Drive:  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): look for gifts at With Sugar, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool.

Memphis, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 30- hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Memphis to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning app.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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): try out the rides at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, then walk around South Bank Parklands, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, Brisbane is a bit cooler at night 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 Theme 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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