21 days in Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Queensland Itinerary

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21 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Auckland Central

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Miami Markettafor some retail therapy. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planning app .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland Central in December, you will find days in Gold Coast are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Do your shopping at The Original Eumundi Markets and The Real McCaul. Hastings Street and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore), MaisyMoo (in Caloundra) and Maleny (Art on Cairncross & Maleny Cheese). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, take an in-depth tour of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, stop by Belmondos Organic Market, and browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa tour builder app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maleny, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, MaisyMoo, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake McKenzie.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda.

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You can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and shuttle from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Daintree Tea, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree National Park, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, and stop by Luminous Lights.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

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. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Smithfield Shopping Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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