18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

2
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: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Brisbane at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, trek along Fraser Island Great Walk, make a trip to K'gari, and kick back and relax at Indian Head.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hervey Bay in September since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

Plan a Cape Tribulation trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Bloomfield Waterfall, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Anzac Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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
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.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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