16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Ipoh
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Ipoh

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Agincourt Reef and Daintree National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree Discovery Centre and With Sugar. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Cow Bay Beach in Cow Bay, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Ipoh, Malaysia to Port Douglas is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ipoh to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ipoh in October: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

4
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.
Attractions like Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre and see the interesting displays at Surf World Gold Coast.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Noosa.
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Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 26th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa online road trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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