41 days in Queensland Itinerary

41 days in Queensland Itinerary

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41 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mooloolaba
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Sunshine Coast Tour Company. Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Kondalilla National Park (in Montville). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, let little ones run wild at Buderim Lions Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Mooloolaba visit planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Sunshine Coast Tour Company, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Buderim Lions Park, Laserzone Sunshine Coast, Kondalilla National Park
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

5
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, make a trip to K'gari, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip tool .

Getting from Mooloolaba 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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

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

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Wide Bay Hospitals Museum, then grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits, stop by Le Petit Chocolatier, and then get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Wide Bay Hospitals Museum, Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with The Bump Track, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Daintree Tea & Photography Tours) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 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 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Barron Gorge National Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, zoos & aquariums, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Jetryder, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
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.
When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Daydream Island Living Reef in Daydream Island, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation tool .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. 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 Trips

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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