16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 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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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 4 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, trek along Wrights Lookout, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stroll through Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairns is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Cape Tribulation (Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm & Marrdja Botanical Walk), Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Noosa.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Noosa

— 3 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Noosa Spa, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, admire the natural beauty at Noosa Botanic Gardens, and look for gifts at Watermelon Red.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Noosa day trip tool.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny

— 2 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sweets On Maple, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Anise, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny travel route app.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Maleny, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 4 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, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Theme Parks

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.