20 days in Queensland Itinerary

20 days in Queensland Itinerary

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20 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane route planner .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Tewantin National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). The adventure continues: get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Noosa online trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
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.
Relax by the water at Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cumberland Charter Yachts. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a leisurely stroll along Shute Harbour, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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 Thornton Beach and Daintree National Park. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, explore the galleries of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip builder site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas & Wellness about 30 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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