17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip maker

Make it your trip
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buderim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buderim.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Buderim

— 3 nights
Buderim is an urban centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buderim: Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton) and Mount Ngungun (in Glass House Mountains). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Yandina Markets, examine the collection at Pioneer Cottage Buderim, experience rural life at McMartin's Farm, and have fun at Buderim Lions Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Buderim vacation site.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Buderim takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Buderim can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Buderim

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Hervey Bay

— 1 night
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip builder site.

Drive from Buderim to Hervey Bay in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

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: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online route planner.

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and stroll through Myall Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side 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.

Daintree Region travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Nightlife · River Rafting & Tubing
Located in the northeastern corner of the state of Queensland, the Daintree Region contains the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The forest runs as far as the region’s coastline and is part of a number of heritage sites and national parks. The area boasts significant biodiversity, with frogs, reptiles, marsupials, and a variety of bird species making the region their home.