20 days in Queensland Itinerary

20 days in Queensland Itinerary

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20 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cow Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​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.
On the 14th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then stop by Above & Below Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 31°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Village Gallery in Palm Cove, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

Find out how to plan Cow Bay trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cairns to Cow Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cow Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Spend the 23rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cow Bay to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Outback Pics.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Longreach holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Longreach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Outback Pics ©
Outback Pics

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

Fly from Longreach to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Longreach in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake McKenzie will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour itinerary website .

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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