8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Bus to Perth, Fly to Cairns
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly to Perth, Bus to Bunbury


Port Douglas

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planning site.

Bunbury to Port Douglas is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bunbury to Port Douglas is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks


— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Peregian Beach Markets, browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld, then browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then look for gifts at The Real McCaul, and then wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Cairns to Noosa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 1 night
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Queensland travel guide

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.