21 days in Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Queensland Itinerary

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21 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation builder tool .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In October, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay attractions planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation itinerary planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tableland, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Atherton Tableland, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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