16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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 enjoy Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark.

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Shanghai, China to Cairns is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in January, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree Tea (in Daintree), Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and stop by With Sugar.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Thornton Beach, Daintree Tea, Mossman Gorge Centre
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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.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, cool off at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in January; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noosa online journey planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Aqua Fun Park
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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.
Kids will enjoy Australia Zoo and Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. Step out of Brisbane to go to Maleny and see Maleny Dairies, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip app .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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