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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yungaburra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
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.
Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Anthea Polson Artfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Nepalese Pagoda in Brisbane, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, get outside with Pelican Feeding, look for gifts at Japanache, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planner .

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 in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll explore and learn at Artisans Gallery and Art on Cairncross. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Original Eumundi Markets and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Yandina Historic House (in Yandina), Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton) and Montville Art Gallery (in Montville). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Berkelouw Book Barn, browse the fresh offerings at Peregian Beach Markets, buy something for everyone on your list at Kawana Shoppingworld, and enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Noosa holiday app .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Yungaburra.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Montville, Chenrezig Institute, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

2
nights
Yungaburra

Yungaburra ©
Yungaburra is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns. On the 7th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Yungaburra Markets, view the masterpieces at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, pick up some local products at Humpy Nut World, then see the interesting displays at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Full Circle Studio and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at The Crystal Caves, examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Historic Village Herberton, then get engrossed in the history at Spy & Camera Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yungaburra vacation builder site .

Explore your travel options from Noosa to Yungaburra with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Yungaburra are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Yungaburra

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Herberton, Atherton, Tolga, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Daintree Entomological museum and Daintree Discovery Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree (Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Daintree Tea). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Tribulation, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yungaburra to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

3
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.
Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by With Sugar, and savor the flavors at Mossman Saturday Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Saturday Market
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery ©
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery

6
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.
Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Get some historical perspective at St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Peter Jarver Gallery (in Kuranda). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Peter Jarver Gallery, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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