32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

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32 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Heart Reef. Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Relax by the water at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Dubuji Boardwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Cooktown (Finch Bay & Grassy Hill). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cooktown, Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 11th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Gold Coast at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa Main Beach and Dicky Beach. Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Caloundra: Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Noosa National Park (in Noosa) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina).

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Caloundra day trip site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Caloundra, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Mount Ninderry, Maroochydore Beach, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step out of the city life by going to Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to Point Dayman Park in Urangan, about 52 minutes away.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planning site .

Getting from Caloundra to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Point Dayman Park
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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