15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Heart Reef and Above & Below Photography. There's more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder app .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 16th (Tue), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip builder site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. October in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Spas & Wellness. Get outdoors at Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online visit planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

3
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.
Visit Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Trib Farm. Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by With Sugar.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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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