27 days in Queensland Itinerary

27 days in Queensland Itinerary

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27 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 6 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  29​h
End: Amsterdam

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Historic Village Herberton, Shaolin Port Douglas, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shaolin Port Douglas ©
Shaolin Port Douglas
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get outdoors at Daintree Discovery Centre and Dubuji Boardwalk. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 16th (Sun), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Longreach road trip app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Longreach by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, Longreach is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
On the 17th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at GOMA, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Customs House.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Longreach to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Longreach in June: highs in Brisbane hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get outdoors at Burleigh Head National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast tour planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve will get you outdoors. Visit Sunshine Castle and Chenrezig Institute for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling), Caloundra (Queensland Air Museum & Kings Beach) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Eumundi, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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