32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

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32 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h
6
Caloundra
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
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.
Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach vacation maker tool .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Get out of town with these interesting Caloundra side-trips: Noosa (Noosa National Park & Noosa Main Beach).

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Caloundra trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Caloundra in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Caloundra when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Get out of town with these interesting Fraser Island side-trips: Hervey Bay (Jump Park & Dolphin & Whale Watching).

Plan a Fraser Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Caloundra to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hervey Bay
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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). There's still lots to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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

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