27 days in Queensland Itinerary

27 days in Queensland Itinerary

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27 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip tool .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, walk around Wirreanda Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

SunJet Simulations, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Conondale National Park, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Wirreanda Park
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, stroll through Indian Head, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and hike along Fraser Island Great Walk.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fraser Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Mind, Body and Soul and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay driving holiday planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with The Bump Track, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Photography Tours in Daintree--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, stroll through Myall Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Photography Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Wrights Lookout (in Kuranda). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Wrights Lookout, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, wildlife, beaches, spas, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: race across the water with a speed boat tour, get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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