21 days in Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 1st (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach itinerary site.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 34 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Noosa

— 4 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Attractions like Noosa National Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Aqua Fun Park (in Twin Waters), Mooloolaba (SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast & Mooloolaba Beach) and Queensland Zoo (in Woombye). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, look for gifts at Watermelon Red, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Noosa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like South Bank Parklands and Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Gold Coast

— 4 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Dreamworld, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and try out the rides at Infinity Attraction.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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.