5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel planner

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Port Douglas
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Port Douglas

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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 19th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip app.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
On the 21st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Australia's New World City

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 22nd (Wed): walk around South Bank Parklands and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife
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Queensland travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.