18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 23rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and then look for gifts at MaisyMoo.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Caloundra trip builder site .

Sydney to Caloundra is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Main Beach to see Sea World Theme Park about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: have fun at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip planner .

Getting from Caloundra to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Myall Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Cape Tribulation are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

3
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.
Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 5th (Sat): race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, stop by Beach Book Boutique, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Fraser Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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