13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Brisbane

— 4 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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (The Wharf Mooloolaba, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Brisbane is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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 7th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach road trip site.

Fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Brisbane in September, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
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Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in September: highs in Port Douglas hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 4 nights

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and walk around Anzac Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.