57 days in Queensland Itinerary

57 days in Queensland Itinerary

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57 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 14 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
North Stradbroke Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Barcelona

14
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe) and Queens Park (in Ipswich). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online road trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Barcelona to Brisbane. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Caloundra, Albany Creek Leisure Centre, Bee Gees Way, Queens Park
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

5
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: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, get in on the family fun at Dreamworld, and examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), Mooloolaba (Sea Life Sunshine Coast, SunJet Simulations, & more) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, get great views at Mount Tinbeerwah, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Australia Zoo, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island road trip planning app .

Getting from Noosa 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. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): have fun and explore at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, take in the waterfront at North Gorge Walk, then kick back and relax at Cylinder Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our North Stradbroke Island holiday builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to North Stradbroke Island. In January in North Stradbroke Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake

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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from North Stradbroke Island to Airlie Beach. Traveling from North Stradbroke Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

4
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Townsville online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

5
nights
Port Douglas

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: 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 take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Daintree (Daintree Tea, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, & more) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

8
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: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Paronella Park, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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