6 days in Queensland Itinerary

6 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Fly
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Tamborine Mountain
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online tour planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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 20th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Tamborine Mountain

— 1 night
You've now added Witches Falls Walking Trail to your itinerary. On the 21st (Mon), awaken your taste buds at Cork 'n Fork Tours, then stop by Chocolates on Gallery Walk, then do a tasting at Castle Glen Cellars, and finally hike along Witches Falls Walking Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamborine Mountain route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Tamborine Mountain takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, things will get slightly colder in Tamborine Mountain: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane journey builder site.

You can drive from Tamborine Mountain to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife

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.