16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
End: Brisbane

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.
Get some cultural insight at Chenrezig Institute and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sunshine Castle and Nepalese Pagoda. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Infinity Attraction (in Surfers Paradise) and Main Beach (Anthea Polson Art & Sea World Theme Park). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brisbane. In March in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Chenrezig Institute, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Sunshine Castle
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

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 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Bowen Historical Society and Museum, browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary website.

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. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Daydream Island Living Reef, Bowen Historical Society and Museum
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bowen Historical Society and Museum ©
Bowen Historical Society and Museum

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort, stroll through The Strand, then explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Townsville trip planner.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellis Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Ellis Beach
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Daintree Entomological museum, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. Bring the kids along to Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, stop by With Sugar, and explore the galleries of Studio 49 Artisan Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning website.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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