15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland journey maker

Make it your trip
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane itinerary planner.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Noosa

— 3 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, explore the activities along Noosa River, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Noosa trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Noosa to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Cairns

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Honey House (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 28th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 1 night

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 1st (Fri): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach day trip planning website.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.