40 days in Queensland Itinerary

40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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40 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Maleny
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 21st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

Planning Cairns trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Cow Bay Beach in Cow Bay, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and explore and take pictures at Cape Trib Farm.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation journey maker site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In February in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton 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 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 6th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 7th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the galleries of Above & Below Photography, and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 10th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, head off the coast to Waddy Point, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To plan Fraser Island vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Kings Beach) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, explore the activities along Noosa River, head outdoors with Phippsy's Smooth Water Charters, and enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noosa visit planning site .

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 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Mount Cooroora, Mount Coolum, Mount Ninderry
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Change things up with these side-trips from Maleny: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Nambour (Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ) & Podie Pie). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Nambour, Australia Zoo, Kondalilla Falls
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and laugh and play at Wheel of Brisbane.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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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