16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Our Animals Our Earth & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning site.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Daintree Entomological museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Port Douglas

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Rex Lookout in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas holiday builder website.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 3 nights
Family-friendly places like Lake McKenzie and Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours will thrill your kids.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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 23rd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, then walk around South Bank Parklands, and then find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planning tool.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Tours

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.