49 days in Queensland Itinerary

49 days in Queensland Itinerary

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49 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have some family-friendly fun at Laserfun, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Cairns is 9 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory in Daintree (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online vacation planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll through The Strand, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Townsville day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Townsville sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Queensland, Copperfield Gorge
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 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 (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip tool .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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 27th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park, make a trip to Passage Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) 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 Apr 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, make a trip to K'gari, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 5:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

4
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: Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Caloundra Regional Art Gallery). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, hike along Mount Cooroora, and browse the exhibits of Tina Cooper Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Eumundi, Caloundra, Mount Cooroora
Find places to stay May 5 — 10:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maleny: Podie Pie (in Nambour), Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains) and Lasting Impressions Gallery (in Kenilworth). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, get great views at McCarthy's Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Gardners Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maleny planning site .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Maleny, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Glass House Mountains National Park, Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Observatory, Lasting Impressions Gallery, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

4
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: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: have fun at South Bank Parklands, look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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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