22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: London

4
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

Before you visit Port Douglas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then identify plant and animal life at Bredl's Wild Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel route builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Bredl's Wild Farm
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane driving holiday website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

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Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, make a trip to K'gari, and visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online travel planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
K'gari ©
K'gari
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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