14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City


2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step out of the city life by going to Eli Creek and Champagne Pools.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

New York City, USA to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Fraser Island. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much hotter in Fraser Island: highs are around 85°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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 31st (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach in 16.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Fraser Island in December, with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and finally get outside with Horses in Port.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow 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
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
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3
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 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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