27 days in Queensland Itinerary

27 days in Queensland Itinerary

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27 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 30​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​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.
On the 30th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip maker .

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 September, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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 (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns journey tool .

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. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk, and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

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Getting from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane by combination of car and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in October, with highs in Brisbane at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Kondalilla National Park (in Montville) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, stop by The Real McCaul, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Noosa road trip planning app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach, Kondalilla National Park, The Real McCaul
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip website .

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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take a memorable tour with Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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