22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder website .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning app .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Mount Tinbeerwah, then get your game on at SunJet Simulations, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally walk around Wirreanda Park.

Discover how to plan a Noosa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Wirreanda Park
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Mind, Body and Soul and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and get outside with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Daintree to see Photography Tours about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Photography Tours
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Village Gallery in Palm Cove, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, walk around Anzac Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route maker website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Village Gallery, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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