43 days in Queensland Itinerary

43 days in Queensland Itinerary

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43 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Cardwell
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
7
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Mooloolaba
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Manchester

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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Cardwell.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

1
day
Cardwell

Cardwell
Cardwell is a tropical coastal town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Hinchinbrook Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cardwell trip itinerary site .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cardwell in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cardwell

Nature Parks
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3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore and take pictures at Castle Hill, view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, and delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Cardwell to Townsville by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Queensland
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, tour on your own time with Cumberland Charter Yachts, and step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Townsville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise (Surfer's Paradise Beach & SkyPoint Observation Deck). The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, Brisbane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 2:
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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

5
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mooloolaba: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Noosa (Noosa National Park, Laguna Lookout, & more) and Noosa River (in Noosaville). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, stop by MaisyMoo, don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba day trip planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Mooloolaba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Noosa, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Australia Zoo, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

4
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, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

Plan trip to Fraser Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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