16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Shanghai

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sugarworld Waterpark and Muddy's Playground. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

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Shanghai, China to Cairns is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Thornton Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by With Sugar, trot along with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

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You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Tea, Thornton Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Surfers Paradise Beach. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in January; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Beaches
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, then make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Aqua Fun Park, Aqua Park Bli Bli
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Australia Zoo and Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. Venture out of the city with trips to Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Dicky Beach) and Maleny Dairies (in Maleny). The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo, Maleny Dairies
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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