10 days in Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Queensland Itinerary

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10 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach journey maker app .

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 January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Grotty Yachty Clothing ©
Grotty Yachty Clothing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to K'gari and then stroll through Indian Head.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

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