52 days in Queensland Itinerary

52 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 7 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 6 nights

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Airlie Beach

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Change things up with a short trip to Crocodile Safari in Proserpine (about 34 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, and stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Airlie Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hamilton Island

— 4 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step out of Hamilton Island with an excursion to Whitsunday Islands National Park in Whitsunday Island--about 2h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Passage Peak, head outdoors with Jetryder, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and join the crowd at Go-Kart Racing Track.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island journey planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Cairns

— 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 5 nights
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: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 7 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas sightseeing site.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, stroll through Eli Creek, and make a trip to K'gari.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island route planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, things will get little chillier in Fraser Island: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Noosa

— 7 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Coolum Beach (Oz Ski Resort & Lows Lookout), Buderim (Buderim Forest Park & Buderim Lions Park) and Mooloolaba (Point Cartwright & Scuba & Snorkeling). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, let little ones run wild at Maroochydore Rotary Park, take in panoramic vistas at Mount Tinbeerwah, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny

— 5 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Island Gondola (in Bribie Island) and Lasting Impressions Gallery (in Kenilworth). Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Mapleton Falls National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, stop by Podie Pie, see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory, and hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Maleny itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 6 nights

Australia's New World City

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and St Marys Catholic Church (in Ipswich). There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane planner.

Drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.