60 days in Queensland & Darwin Itinerary

60 days in Queensland & Darwin Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
2
Darwin
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Noosa
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

5
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 12th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get interesting insight from Cumberland Charter Yachts, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner.

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, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Spend the 17th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, examine the collection at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and admire the natural beauty at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Darwin in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Darwin

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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.
Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, stroll through Cow Bay Beach, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Darwin to Cape Tribulation in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Darwin in July, you will find days in Cape Tribulation are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get outside with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

10
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 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the striking landscape of Barron Gorge National Park, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cairns using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Barron Gorge National Park, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: 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 21st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in August; daily highs in Brisbane reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Surfers Paradise, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 22:
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nambour (Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ) & Podie Pie), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Headland Golf Club). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Maleny travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Maleny sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Nambour, Buderim, Mooloolaba Beach, Australia Zoo, Kondalilla National Park
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

8
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Carlo Sand Blow (in Rainbow Beach), Yandina (The Ginger Factory & Wappa Dam) and Coolum Beach (Mount Coolum, Emu Mountain, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, tour the water at your own pace with Jetty 17 Boat & Kayak Hire, get all the equipment you need at Pelican Boat Hire, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Noosa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Yandina, Mount Cooroora, Carlo Sand Blow
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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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and head off the coast to Waddy Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island tour planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to 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 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
K'gari ©
K'gari

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