23 days in Queensland Itinerary

23 days in Queensland Itinerary

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23 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
6
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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 21st (Fri), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary tool .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Do your shopping at Tanks Arts Centre and Australian Leather Company. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Historic Village Herberton in Herberton (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip tool .

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. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and then trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by Coffee Works.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then explore the galleries of Outback Pics.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Longreach trip itinerary maker app .

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. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Longreach, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Outback Pics ©
Outback Pics

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hastings Street and Montville Art Gallery. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli), Art on Cairncross (in Maleny) and Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, look for gifts at The Real McCaul, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Noosa journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Longreach to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Eumundi, Sunshine Castle, Montville Art Gallery, Art on Cairncross, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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