22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brisbane trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Brisbane. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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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

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.
Attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Infinity Attraction make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get outside with Pelican Feeding, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 2nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then view the masterpieces at Village Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cairns Tropical Zoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palm Cove road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Palm Cove takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Cove: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Palm Cove to Cape Tribulation in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton 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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Cairns Aquarium. Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground
Cairns Wake park ©
Cairns Wake park

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 (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Attractions like Australia Zoo and Aqua Park Bli Bli make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, get your game on at SunJet Simulations, don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mooloolaba, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo, Aqua Park Bli Bli
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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