8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 1 day
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Cairns
— 1 night
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas

— 1 day
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.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning tool.

Memphis, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. 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 drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Cairns

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Fri), trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

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

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

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.
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 ratings, more things to do, 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 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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 catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Brisbane

— 2 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.
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.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

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.