31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Longreach
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

2
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Outback Pics. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Longreach trip itinerary planning website .

Adelaide to Longreach is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Longreach: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Longreach

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Ilfracombe
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Horseshoe Bay and Grays Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Heart Reef. Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography, and stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Drive from Longreach to Airlie Beach in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Longreach in January, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Bowen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Agincourt Reef. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Get some cultural insight at James Cook Museum and Grassy Hill. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Bloomfield and see Bloomfield Waterfall, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Cooktown, Black Mountain National Park, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Terra Nova Gallery. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Central Station Rainforest and Lake Wabby.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fraser Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in January, Fraser Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Peregian Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Maroochydore Beach and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Buderim Lions Park (in Buderim) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa route planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Kondalilla Falls
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and stroll through Tugun Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip maker tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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