31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Jezzine Barracks and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, admire all the interesting features of Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip planner .

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Townsville reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, do sightseeing your way with Pilgrim Sailing, and then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island day trip planner.

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

4
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Smalleys Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Bowen (The Big Mango & Grays Bay). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Smalleys Beach, Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Take a break from the city and head to Hamilton Island Golf Club and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, get outside with Jetryder, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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.
Relax by the water at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

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Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, car, and ferry from Hamilton Island to Cape Tribulation takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at Coffee Works, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning website .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Spas & Wellness
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Michaelmas Cay and Barron Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Emu Ridge Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Spas & Wellness, Historic Village Herberton
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Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Eli Creek and Champagne Pools. Explore hidden gems such as Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

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Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Fraser Island reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Caloundra Lighthouses and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Relax by the water at Peregian Beach and Kings Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Hastings Street.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kings Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses, Kondalilla Falls, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Get in touch with nature at Burleigh Head National Park and Tugun Beach. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and enjoy some diversion at Doodlebugs.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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