17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
9
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, then get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Port Douglas at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Spas

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cooktown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

1
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Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island vacation maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Magnetic Island. In September, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Magnetic Island in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas

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 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), browse the exhibits of 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online day trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Kings Beach, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and finally trek along Obi Boardwalk.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba itinerary maker site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Kondalilla Falls, Kings Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 5th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island route planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Longreach.

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
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Longreach.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Longreach trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Longreach takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fraser Island in October: highs in Longreach hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, Longreach
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and Historic Village Herberton. Escape the urban bustle at Trinity Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Emu Ridge Gallery), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour & Curtain Fig National Park). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Longreach to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Longreach in October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Kuranda, Spas, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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