41 days in Queensland Itinerary

41 days in Queensland Itinerary

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41 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Catseye Beach and Whitsunday Islands National Park. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, make a trip to Passage Peak, and take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip site .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Boathaven Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitehaven Beach. Go for a jaunt from Airlie Beach to Bowen to see Grays Bay about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Heart Reef, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To plan Airlie Beach vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In March, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Beach and The Pocket. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Skydiving will get you outdoors. Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Clump Mountain National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery and take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Clump Mountain National Park, Golden Gumboot, The Pocket
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

5
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Nudey Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Atherton Tablelands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Barron Falls (in Kuranda). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and explore the galleries of Underart Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
River Rafting & Tubing

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 the city and head to Daintree National Park and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thornton Beach and Grassy Hill. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Great Northern Tours (in Cooktown) and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Myall Beach and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cooktown, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Opal Reef and Wonga Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and Photography Tours. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Tranquility Falls, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Esplanade and Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Get outdoors at Mon Repos and Snakes Downunder Reptile Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hervey Bay: Brierley Wines (in Childers) and Alexandra Park Zoo (in Bundaberg). The adventure continues: visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and steep yourself in history at Maryborough City Hall.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hervey Bay, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Childers, Maryborough City Hall
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Peregian Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Carlo Sand Blow (in Rainbow Beach). And it doesn't end there: hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, catch some excitement at Noosa Horses, enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and stop by Peticular.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip builder 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Mount Ninderry, Maroochydore Beach, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Natural Bridge. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Kirra Beach, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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