15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Attractions like Australia Zoo and Aqua Park Bli Bli make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, and get your game on at SunJet Simulations.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba day trip app .

Brisbane to Mooloolaba is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Australia Zoo, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Aqua Fun Park
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mooloolaba in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Four Mile Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with Horses in Port, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Dreamworld and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, things will get little chillier in Gold Coast: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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