14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4 h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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 1st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Gold Coast to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda, walk around South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Relove Oxley, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Annie's at the Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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 10th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation holiday website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

3
nights
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: get interesting insight from Tours, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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