28 days in Queensland, Kangaroo Island & Alice Springs Itinerary

28 days in Queensland, Kangaroo Island & Alice Springs Itinerary

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28 days in Queensland, Kangaroo Island & Alice Springs Itinerary

Bremen
Fly:  29​h
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  7​h
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
Bremen

2
days
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.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip planning website .

Bremen, Germany to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Bremen to Cape Tribulation, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bremen in December, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

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Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Coffee Works, look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works

2
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 13th (Thu), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Fraser Island by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car takes about 11 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Noosa.

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
days
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at The Real McCaul, then kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Mooloolaba, The Real McCaul, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
days
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 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

3
days
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kangaroo Island Spirits. Step out of the city life by going to Raptor Domain and Admirals Arch. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Kelly Hill Caves and take in panoramic vistas at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island route maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Gold Coast to Kangaroo Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

2
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then admire the verdant scenery at Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. December in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve ©

2
days
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island route maker .

Getting from Alice Springs to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Magnetic Island, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

2
days
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then Head underground at Copperfield Gorge.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Townsville travel route planner.

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Copperfield Gorge
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©

6
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Atherton Tablelands and Gallo DairyLand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Crystal Cascades, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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