27 days in Brisbane Region & Airlie Beach Itinerary

27 days in Brisbane Region & Airlie Beach Itinerary

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27 days in Brisbane Region & Airlie Beach Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  28​h
1
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Darlington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Macleay Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
North Stradbroke Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  4​h
5
Moreton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  36​h
End: Berlin

8
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and GOMA. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shorncliffe Beach and Nudgee Beach Reserve. Step out of Brisbane to go to Wacol and see Wolston Farmhouse, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Newstead House, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning site .

Berlin, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Darlington.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Wolston Farmhouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

3
nights
Darlington

Darlington ©
Get in touch with nature at Darlington Park and Green Mountain Camp Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Darlington: Canungra (Mountview Alpaca Farm & Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians) and Killarney Glen (in Beechmont).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Darlington trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Darlington in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Macleay Island.

Things to do in Darlington

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lamington National Park, Canungra, Killarney Glen
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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Mountview Alpaca Farm ©
Mountview Alpaca Farm

3
nights
Macleay Island

Macleay Island ©
Visit King Island and Dalpura Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Venman Bushland National Park and Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Get out of town with these interesting Macleay Island side-trips: Iga Meadowbrook (in Meadowbrook) and Alexander Clark Park (in Loganholme).

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Macleay Island sightseeing planning website .

Drive from Darlington to Macleay Island in 3.5 hours. In December in Macleay Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Macleay Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Iga Meadowbrook, Victoria Point Reserve, Venman Bushland National Park, Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Redland Art Gallery
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King Island ©
King Island
Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Venman Bushland National Park
Venman Bushland National Park

3
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Visit Cylinder Beach and Frenchman's Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Amity Point Beach and Blue Lake National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the North Stradbroke Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Macleay Island to North Stradbroke Island takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in North Stradbroke Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery
Blue Lake National Park ©
Blue Lake National Park

3
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Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Moreton Island and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tangalooma Wrecks and then get outside with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moreton Island trip maker app .

Drive from North Stradbroke Island to Moreton Island in 6 hours. January in Moreton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Moreton Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island
Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse

3
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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 all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moreton Island to Airlie Beach. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Moreton Island in January since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

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