40 days in Queensland Itinerary

40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

6
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 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, get outside with Port Douglas Microlights, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker website .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Port Douglas at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

6
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns attractions site .

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 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Bredl's Wild Farm (in Bloomsbury) and Horseshoe Bay (in Bowen). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Bredl's Wild Farm
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Bredl's Wild Farm ©
Bredl's Wild Farm

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). There's much more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and get your game on at Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in August since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, Psychic Readings | Twin Featherz, Surfer's Paradise Beach, Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's more to do: meet the residents at Australia Zoo and take in the exciting artwork at Art on Cairncross.

Plan my day in Maleny using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Maleny are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Kondalilla National Park, Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Yandina (Mount Ninderry & The Ginger Factory) and Coolum Beach (Lows Lookout & Mount Coolum). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, explore the activities along Noosa River, and kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Yandina, Coolum Beach, Mount Cooroora
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and make a trip to K'gari.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hervey Bay using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

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