14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
1
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Bribie Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Magnetic Island tour planning app .

Sydney to Magnetic Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Magnetic Island reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Michaelmas Cay and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip maker .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Woorim Beach, examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then stroll through Bongaree Beach. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach and then stroll through Sylvan Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bribie Island attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Tribulation to Bribie Island. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Tribulation in December: high temperatures in Bribie Island hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for gifts at The Real McCaul, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and then wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Bribie Island to Noosa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach, Maroochydore Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour planner .

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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