26 days in Queensland Itinerary

26 days in Queensland Itinerary

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26 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  5​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

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, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. October in Brisbane sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

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You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, stop by Watermelon Red, and walk around Wirreanda Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa travel planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Mount Ninderry, Wirreanda Park
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in October, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

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.
Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Walu Wugirriga Lookout, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation route builder site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

4
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, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, 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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Jetryder, Passage Peak, & more). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hamilton Island
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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