11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 1 day

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 27th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation planner.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 33°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip website.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Watermelon Red, get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Peregian Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Noosa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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 6th (Mon), stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
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.