22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ballandean
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Bribie Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenmount Beach and Kirra Beach. Kids will enjoy Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Girraween National Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Symphony Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Balancing Rock Wines, then learn about winemaking at Tobin Winery, and finally do a tasting at Granite Ridge Wines - Cellar Door & Fergie's Hill Cottage.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ballandean online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Ballandean takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Ballandean

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Balancing Rock Wines
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Balancing Rock Wines ©
Balancing Rock Wines
Tobin Winery ©
Tobin Winery

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 20th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): head outdoors with The Pinnacles and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ballandean to Fraser Island. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach, then examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then stroll through Bongaree Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sylvan Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Bribie Island. In December, daily temperatures in Bribie Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Horseshoe Bay and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Grays Bay in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef and look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Bribie Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Colour Me Crazy
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinity Beach and Australian Leather Company. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Terra Nova Gallery & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 28th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

Plan a Cairns trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Agincourt Reef.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the galleries of Outback Pics, examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): stop by Spinifex Collections, contemplate the long history of Longreach Powerhouse Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Longreach trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Longreach hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ilfracombe
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