25 days in Queensland Itinerary

25 days in Queensland Itinerary

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25 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planning app .

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. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at St Monica's Cathedral and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Get in touch with nature at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, look for gifts at With Sugar, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Safaris

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

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

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Artisans Gallery and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Bulcock Beach, & more) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, get great views at Laguna Lookout, and kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Noosa journey planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Artisans Gallery, Maroochydore Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Lows Lookout
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Seventy-Five Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Indian Head and Eli Creek.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip app .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: 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 by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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