19 days in Queensland Itinerary

19 days in Queensland Itinerary

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19 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the views from Story Bridge and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier

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Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Queens Park, learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, and then let little ones run wild at Wook-Koo Park. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall, appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue, pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, take an in-depth tour of Maryborough Family Heritage Institute, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, and finally let little ones run wild at Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Maryborough online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maryborough in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Maryborough

#Fun & Games, #Parks, #Nature
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Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute ©

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can drive from Maryborough to Fraser Island in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 22nd (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay day trip app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Pier ©
The Pier
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

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nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Harbour Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Smalleys Beach. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, then make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, and then take some stellar pictures from Slade Point.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mackay tour itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hervey Bay to Mackay. Traveling from Hervey Bay in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mackay, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Smalleys Beach
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Slade Point ©
Slade Point

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Townsville with the Route module. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

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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.
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then stop by With Sugar.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and St Monica's Cathedral. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Curtain Fig National Park in Yungaburra, about 1h 15 min away. Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns holiday builder site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Curtain Fig National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

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