16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cow Bay
— 1 night
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery and explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns itinerary builder website .

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In March, Cairns is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Des Spencer Galleries. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by Coffee Works.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, then view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cow Bay vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cow Bay takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Allom and then enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cow Bay to Fraser Island. Traveling from Cow Bay in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle, then view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa travel route planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Artisans Gallery, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Newstead House. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wolston Farmhouse and Customs House. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Wolston Farmhouse
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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