24 days in Queensland Itinerary

24 days in Queensland Itinerary

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24 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Bundaberg
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam


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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Brisbane. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for little chillier nights in Brisbane, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online road trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then explore the activities along Lake Wabby.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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hours
Bundaberg

Bundaberg
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos Turtle Express.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bundaberg road trip website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Bundaberg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Wildlife Parks
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night
Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). To see more things to do and tourist information, read Seventeen Seventy online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bundaberg to Seventeen Seventy by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Bundaberg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seventeen Seventy, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.
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nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Farnborough Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yeppoon Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Kershaw Gardens, and finally cool off at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Seventeen Seventy to Rockhampton in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rockhampton when traveling from Seventeen Seventy in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bucasia Beach, then cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluewater Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackay trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In July in Mackay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park

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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 get in some beach time at Whitehaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday builder site .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mackay in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

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Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
St James Cathedral ©
St James Cathedral

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, stop by With Sugar, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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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.
Visiting Thornton Beach and Daintree National Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation itinerary planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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