10 days in Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland holiday planner
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
— 1 night
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Bus to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, Fly to Sydney


Airlie Beach — 3 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Marina & Passage Peak). Spend the 13th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Airlie Beach at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Cairns — 1 night

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 15th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Palm Cove Jetty.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

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.
When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Rex Lookout in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, go for a walk through Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Cape Tribulation — 2 nights

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.

Daintree Region travel guide

Nightlife · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.