30 days in Queensland Itinerary

30 days in Queensland Itinerary

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30 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  18​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Caloundra
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 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
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Gold Coast. Traveling from San Francisco in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks 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
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: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Caloundra.

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

4
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Noosa (Noosa Main Beach & Noosa National Park) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Caloundra sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Caloundra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Caloundra are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa, Mooloolaba, Buderim, Laserzone Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo
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, head outdoors with The Pinnacles, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island online trip planner .

Getting from Caloundra to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. November in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning website .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Fraser Island in November, with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 a short trip to Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation online journey maker .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

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
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton 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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

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

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 29th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach tour planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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