5 days in Sunshine Coast & Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Sunshine Coast & Tropical North Queensland Itinerary

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Mooloolaba
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights

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Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, stroll around Wirreanda Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip planner.

Brisbane to Mooloolaba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Wirreanda Park ©
Wirreanda Park

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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.
You've now added Cruze Coffee to your itinerary. On the 24th (Thu), get a taste of local nightlife at Cruze Coffee and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Terra Nova Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary website.

Fly from Mooloolaba to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Mooloolaba - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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