11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + train:  23​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Greenmount Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Gold Coast. In December, Gold Coast is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Original Eumundi Markets and Mooloolaba Beach. Visit Peregian Beach and Bulcock Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Real McCaul and view the masterpieces at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Noosa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Eumundi, Mooloolaba
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

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 2nd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach route builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
nights
Cairns

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.
On the 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Terra Nova Gallery, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Balloon Rides

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