15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Billy Tea Safaris and Birdworld Kuranda. Take a break from the city and head to Trinity Beach and Barron Falls. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, tour the depths of the sea with Down Under Cruise & Dive, and pause for some photo ops at 1876 Landing Party.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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.
On the 15th (Tue), get interesting insight from Ocean Safari, then whizz through the canopy at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable excursion with D'Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
On the 17th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and then get some thrills on the water with Reef Sprinter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Moonglow Jewellery, then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Gold Coast

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt Gold Coast, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in September: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Buderim Forest Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba online travel planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Hervey Bay

— 2 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, see majestic marine mammals with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, then stop by Harbour Gift Gallery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Pier. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours and then cool off at WetSide Water Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay travel route planning app.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Trails

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.