9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane travel itinerary planner .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Brisbane reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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