38 days in Queensland Itinerary

38 days in Queensland Itinerary

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38 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  28​h
1
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Caloundra
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7​h
3
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yungaburra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Reykjavik

5
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.
Let the collections at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Paradise Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise (in Surfers Paradise) and Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), take a stroll through Wynnum Esplanade, and steep yourself in history at Newstead House.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip site .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Brisbane is 10 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, you will find days in Brisbane are warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Wynnum Esplanade, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chenrezig Institute and Caloundra Lighthouses. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Caloundra: Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Montville Art Gallery) and Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli).

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Caloundra online trip maker .

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Montville, Mooloolaba, Pioneer Cottage Buderim, Sunshine Castle, Mapleton Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Visit Indian Head and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island visit site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yungaburra.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Yungaburra

Yungaburra ©
Yungaburra is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns. Historic Village Herberton and The Crystal Caves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and Tolga Historical Society and Museum capture your imagination. Explore Yungaburra's surroundings by going to Millaa Millaa Falls (in Millaa Millaa), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Mareeba (Granite Gorge Nature Park & Jaques Coffee Plantation). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curtain Fig National Park and take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Fig Tree.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yungaburra trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Yungaburra with the Route module. September in Yungaburra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Yungaburra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mareeba, Herberton, The Crystal Caves, Millaa Millaa Falls, Tolga Historical Society and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Get in touch with nature at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Photography Tours, Daintree Tea, & more), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Grassy Hill (in Cooktown). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation journey site .

Drive from Yungaburra to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall, Grassy Hill, Black Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

5
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the striking landscape of Mowbray National Park, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas journey builder .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary will get you outdoors. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Village Gallery in Palm Cove, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and stroll the grounds of McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

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

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Bowen Historical Society and Museum and Proserpine Museum. Visit Airlie Beach Lagoon and Grays Bay for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Horseshoe Bay in Bowen (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach journey 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. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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