13 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

13 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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13 days in Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
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 23rd (Sat): stroll through Moffat Beach, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Brisbane. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, explore the activities along Boomanjin lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. February in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Boomanjin lake ©
Boomanjin lake

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 25th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, and then stroll through Catseye Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in February, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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.
On the 27th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach journey builder website .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour in harmony with nature at Big Mama Sailing, browse the eclectic array of goods at Horseshoe Bay Markets, then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and finally take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Parks
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and finally stroll through Finch Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cooktown online trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then stop by Australian Leather Company.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip planner .

Getting from Cooktown to Cairns by car takes about 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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