37 days in Queensland Itinerary

37 days in Queensland Itinerary

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37 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 6th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Coffee Works, stroll through Wonga Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning website .

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Adelaide in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Safaris

3
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 Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation online road trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio or Australian Leather Company. Take a break from the city and head to Atherton Tablelands and Trinity Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Kuranda (Barron Falls & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, 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 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

5
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Shop till you drop at Colour Me Crazy and Above & Below Photography. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Smalleys Beach in Cape Hillsborough--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Beach Book Boutique, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Colour Me Crazy, Smalleys Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Woorim Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sylvan Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum and then kick back and relax at Bongaree Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bribie Island trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Bribie Island. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Bribie Island dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Eli Creek and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Maheno Wreck.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Fraser Island. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Explore hidden gems such as Girraween National Park and Balancing Rock Wines. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Symphony Hill Winery and Girraween Estate Vineyard & Cellar Door.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ballandean trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Ballandean in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Ballandean

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wyberba, Stanthorpe
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Balancing Rock Wines ©
Balancing Rock Wines
Tobin Winery ©
Tobin Winery

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.
Get outdoors at Greenmount Beach and Natural Bridge. Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast planning tool .

You can drive from Ballandean to Gold Coast in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hastings Street and Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Real McCaul and Belmondos Organic Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, stop by Peticular, and contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore Beach, Wirreanda Park
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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