27 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

27 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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27 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Zurich

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Josephine Falls. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Annie's Ladies Boutique in Palm Cove, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in the dramatic natural features at Earl Hill, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nudey Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in April, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cow Bay Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation journey site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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 Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon will get you outdoors. On the 17th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip maker tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in April since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Noosa Main Beach and Kings Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mooloolaba Beach and Peregian Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Mount Ninderry (in Yandina) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Kings Beach, Mount Ninderry, Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Step out of the city life by going to Indian Head and Central Station Rainforest.

Make your Fraser Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Boat Hire will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Melbourne in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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