49 days in Queensland Itinerary

49 days in Queensland Itinerary

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49 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

1
day
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.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane travel app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Brisbane. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for Maleny on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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5
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: Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains) and The Big Pineapple (in Nambour). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, find something for the whole family at Aussie World, take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, and hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Maleny trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Montville, Mapleton Observatory, Australia Zoo, The Big Pineapple, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Glass House Mountains National Park ©

6
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: Carlo Sand Blow (in Rainbow Beach), Yandina (Mount Ninderry & The Ginger Factory) and Coolum Beach (Mount Coolum & Lows Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, trek along Mount Cooroora, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Noosa trip planner .

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Yandina, Coolum Beach, Carlo Sand Blow, Mount Cooroora
Find places to stay May 6 — 12:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

6
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fraser Island Great Walk, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

7
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 Paronella Park (in Mena Creek) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Spas, & more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Paronella Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 26:
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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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Daintree Tea, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, & more) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation travel planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

7
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 these side-trips from Port Douglas: Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Elizas Gallery). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online tour planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

6
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.
Step out of Townsville to go to Paluma and see Paluma State Forest, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville travel planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, Townsville is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Paluma State Forest
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock & Grays Bay). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip planning site .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in June, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Proserpine Museum, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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