16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  10​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Bribie Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trinity Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder website .

Hong Kong, China to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hong Kong in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 25th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): stop by Coffee Works, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip site .

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. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and Cow Bay Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In December in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

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
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Woorim Beach, then see the interesting displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach and then stroll through Sylvan Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Tribulation to Bribie Island. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in December, expect Bribie Island to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at The Real McCaul, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Noosa journey planner.

Drive from Bribie Island to Noosa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, The Real McCaul, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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