5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Devonport to Port Douglas is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Devonport in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

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Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.

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Brisbane

— 2 nights

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.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online road trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Queensland travel guide

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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.