27 days in Queensland Itinerary

27 days in Queensland Itinerary

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27 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  21​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  3​h
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
+3
train + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Visiting Michaelmas Cay and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Our Animals Our Earth. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Emu Ridge Gallery). Spend the 4th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel planning site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cairns is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cairns. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cairns, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
On the 8th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Magnetic Island holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 10th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Townsville journey site .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In September in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Central Station Rainforest and Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Fraser Island online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Townsville to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Kings Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Ninderry, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

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.
Visiting Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural Bridge and Superbee Honeyworld. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Passage Peak and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online vacation maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gold Coast in September since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Spas & Wellness

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at The Reef Marina, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Hamilton Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Spas & Wellness

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