29 days in Queensland Itinerary

29 days in Queensland Itinerary

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29 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Emerald
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Alpha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Barcaldine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Rockhampton
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 45​min
11
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Brisbane trip simple and quick.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, SunJet Simulations
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
Emerald

Emerald ©
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the different shops at The Plaza @ Emerald, admire the natural beauty at Botanic Gardens, then browse the different shops at The Village at Emerald, and finally don't miss a visit to Sunflower Painting.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Emerald tour builder website .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Emerald with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: highs in Emerald hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Alpha.

Things to do in Emerald

Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Plaza @ Emerald ©
The Plaza @ Emerald
Botanic Gardens ©
Botanic Gardens

1
night
Alpha

Alpha ©
Alpha is a rural town and locality in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get great views at Drummond Range Lookout.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Alpha trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Emerald to Alpha takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcaldine.
Highlights from your plan
Drummond Range Lookout ©
Drummond Range Lookout

1
night
Barcaldine

Barcaldine ©
Barcaldine is a small town and locality in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Tree of Knowledge Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Australian Workers Heritage Centre, then pause for some photo ops at The Great Shearer's Strike Memorial, and finally go for a walk through Barcaldine Botanical Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcaldine trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Alpha to Barcaldine in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Longreach.

Things to do in Barcaldine

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Australian Workers Heritage Centre ©
Australian Workers Heritage Centre
Tree of Knowledge Memorial ©
Tree of Knowledge Memorial

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Longreach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Longreach online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Barcaldine to Longreach takes 1.5 hours. In November in Longreach, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longreach
Highlights from your plan
QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Longreach ©
Longreach

3
nights
Port Douglas

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Longreach to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Longreach in November: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

5
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 (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Airlie Beach to Bowen to see Grays Bay about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Grays Bay
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 9th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then browse the exhibits of Rockhampton Art Gallery, and finally get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rockhampton road trip planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Rockhampton is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, stroll through Indian Head, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rockhampton to Fraser Island takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rockhampton in December: highs in Fraser Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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