17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas planning site .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, then view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In October in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions tool .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Escape the urban bustle at Hamilton Island Golf Club and Catseye Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Hamilton Island Marina. Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: head outdoors with Jetryder and explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online road trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Central Station Rainforest and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. October in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Peregian Beach, Noosa Main Beach, Marcoola Beach, Spas & Wellness, Tewantin National Park
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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