31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Mackay
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Atherton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
7
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Caloundra
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
10
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Mackay

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Museum-lovers will appreciate Speed Boats Tours and Above & Below Photography Gallery. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Mackay to Airlie Beach is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Mackay in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 15th (Mon), examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, then take an in-depth tour of Tolga Historical Society and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Spy & Camera Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tableland, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Malanda Falls.

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Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Atherton with the Route module. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Atherton, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Herberton, Tolga, Atherton Tableland, Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve, Malanda Falls
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve ©
Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Herberton Mining Museum ©
Herberton Mining Museum

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.
Visiting Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree National Park will get you outdoors. Grassy Hill and Daintree Entomological museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Cooktown (James Cook Museum & Cooktown History Centre). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Atherton to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooktown, Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ngarru Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Let the collections at Safaris and Mossman Gorge capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree (Photography Tours & Tranquility Falls). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Daintree, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Appreciate the collections at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Get some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and Village Gallery. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Village Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Museum of Tropical Queensland and Army Museum North Queensland are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Scuba & Snorkeling and Castle Hill. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, make a trip to Kissing Point Fort, view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, and learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Townsville travel route builder app .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Longreach Powerhouse Museum, contemplate the long history of Longreach, and then head outdoors with Spirit of the Outback Train.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Longreach trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Longreach in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Townsville in August since evenings lows in Longreach dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longreach, Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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4
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.
Let the collections at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chenrezig Institute and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Venture out of the city with trips to Montville (Montville Art Gallery & Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith), Maleny Mountain Wines (in Maleny) and Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Vincent's Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Longreach to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in August, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Montville, Maleny, Chenrezig Institute, Sunshine Castle
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Queensland Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, see the interesting displays at Pioneer Cottage Buderim, then view the masterpieces at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Caloundra travel route app .

Drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Caloundra sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buderim
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:
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Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum
Caloundra Lighthouses ©
Caloundra Lighthouses
Pioneer Cottage Buderim ©
Pioneer Cottage Buderim

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Fraser Island Great Walk for their historical value. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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