14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Cairns

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 (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 20th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning app.

Paris, France to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

3
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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, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas route maker site.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville journey planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Airlie Beach

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.
On the 27th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

2
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Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along The Brisbane River, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.