14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Adelaide

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Trinity Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planner .

Adelaide to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 9th (Mon), stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in September since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
The Pier ©
The Pier

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Tinbeerwah, and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip app .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Spas, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier, take in the views from Story Bridge, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then pause for some photo ops at Bee Gees Way, and finally find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane visit planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bee Gees Way
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City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens
City Hall ©
City Hall

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Truly Tea, Cape Byron Walking Track, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip website .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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