48 days in Queensland Itinerary

48 days in Queensland Itinerary

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48 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Noosa
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
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 28th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

9
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

9
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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Elizas Gallery in Daintree, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mowbray National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge, Elizas Gallery
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

6
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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck & Surfer's Paradise Beach). Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in August, with highs in Brisbane at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Surfers Paradise, Dreamworld, Sea World Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 28:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Change things up with these side-trips from Maleny: Nambour (Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ) & Podie Pie), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & SunJet Simulations) and Buderim (Headland Golf Club & Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo.

To plan Maleny vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Buderim, Nambour, Australia Zoo, Kondalilla National Park, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Yandina (The Ginger Factory & Wappa Dam) and Coolum Beach (Lows Lookout & Mount Coolum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, get a new perspective on things with Jetty 17 Boat & Kayak Hire, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, and explore the activities along Lake Weyba.

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

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Yandina, Coolum Beach, Mount Cooroora
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 6:
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters ©
Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters

5
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, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island journey maker site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
K'gari ©
K'gari

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