5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and look for gifts at Village Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns holiday planning tool .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at With Sugar and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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