34 days in Queensland Itinerary

34 days in Queensland Itinerary

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34 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lychee Divine. Get outdoors at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online trip maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in January: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Lychee Divine
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
We've included these beaches for you: Noosa Main Beach and Marcoola Beach. Popular historic sites such as Chenrezig Institute and Sunshine Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Kings Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 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 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, Maroochydore Beach, Chenrezig Institute, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
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.
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Newstead House and Customs House. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfer's Paradise Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, and enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 18th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and stop by Whitsunday Opals.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Annie's Ladies Boutique in Palm Cove, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, stop by With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get outdoors at Myall Beach and Daintree Discovery Centre. You'll get in some beach time at Cape Tribulation Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Grassy Hill (in Cooktown) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Grassy Hill, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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