24 days in Queensland Itinerary

24 days in Queensland Itinerary

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24 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
5
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Head National Park and Natural Bridge. Bring the kids along to Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

Make your Gold Coast itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 31st (Mon), kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Mount Ninderry, Caloundra Lighthouses, Kings Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island journey maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Bring the kids along to Birdworld Kuranda and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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 discover tucked-away gems like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. Visiting Daintree National Park and Alexandra Bay Waterfall will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation road trip app .

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
Visiting Opal Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agincourt Reef and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Four Mile Beach and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
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 14th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get interesting insight from Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In January in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseshoe Bay and Heart Reef. Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Grays Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Smalleys Beach (in Cape Hillsborough) and The Big Mango (in Bowen). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and browse the exhibits of Above & Below Photography.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Smalleys Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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