22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Cairns

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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Cairns reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Port Douglas

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 Agincourt Reef and With Sugar. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Bloomfield Waterfall. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 13th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then stroll through The Strand, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then trek along Alligator Falls Track.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. September in Townsville sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Alligator Falls Track
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and then take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island holiday planning site .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Cumberland Charter Yachts. Get in touch with nature at Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in September, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, plan for little chillier nights in Hervey Bay, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Noosa day trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mount Ninderry, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

2
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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at John Laws Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel planner.

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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