15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  26​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Columbus

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets, and finally get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planning site .

Columbus, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Columbus to Gold Coast. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in December: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Indian Head and Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 9 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 December, expect slightly colder with lows of 68°F in Fraser Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Real McCaul, kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa itinerary builder website .

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. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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