18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12 h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
5
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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.
On the 11th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then stroll through Thornton Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Myall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree Tea
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then stop by Into The Blue Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach travel tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mooloolaba: Eumundi (Tina Cooper Gallery, Artisans Gallery, &more), Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), and sample the tasty concoctions at Sunshine Coast Brewery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mooloolaba, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maleny, Warana, Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), Sunshine Coast Brewery
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in the views from Goodwill Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane online trip builder .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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