31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 15 min
5
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h
6
Caloundra
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip maker.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Airlie Beach at 33°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

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

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, don't miss a visit to K'gari, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in December, Fraser Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Caloundra.

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

4
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Maleny (Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve & Obi Boardwalk), Artisans Gallery (in Eumundi) and Noosa (Noosa National Park, Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters, &more).

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Caloundra itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Caloundra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Maleny, Mooloolaba, Mapleton Observatory, Buderim Lions Park
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
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, and museums. 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, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough 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

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

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You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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