22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
3
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Paderborn

2
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 the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Paderborn, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paderborn to Cairns is 9 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paderborn in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Indian Head and Wanggoolba Creek. Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island holiday maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in March, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Moffat Beach and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Caloundra trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Caloundra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In March in Caloundra, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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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 14th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then look for gifts at Miami Marketta.

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Traveling by car from Caloundra to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Gold Coast in March, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation day trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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