25 days in Queensland & Byron Bay Itinerary

25 days in Queensland & Byron Bay Itinerary

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25 days in Queensland & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then shop like a local with Queen Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then have fun at South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

Manchester, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in September; daily highs in Brisbane reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay road trip website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Byron Bay, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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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.
Do your shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Miami Marketta. Get in touch with nature at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Maleny Cheese, take in the exciting artwork at Art on Cairncross, then view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally stop by MaisyMoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then stop by The Real McCaul, then buy something for everyone on your list at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and finally look for gifts at Podie Pie.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Maleny road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Maleny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Podie Pie, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, MaisyMoo
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach. Head to Hastings Street and Belmondos Organic Marketfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Noosa with an excursion to Mount Ninderry in Yandina--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Noosa Farmers Market, explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, and get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Noosa journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Mount Ninderry
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

Plan trip to Fraser Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 28th (Sat), visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In September in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island planner .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Hamilton Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Four Mile Beach. Head to Coffee Works and The Reef Marinafor some retail therapy. Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Hamilton Island in September, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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