17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  29​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia and then gear up at Cumberland Charter Yachts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): explore the activities along Heart Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Airlie Beach is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Airlie Beach. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in March; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island day trip planning app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

3
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.
Attractions like Michaelmas Cay and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Muddy's Playground. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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River Rafting & Tubing
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, then stroll through Kings Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mooloolaba sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. In March in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Buderim Forest Park, Kings Beach
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Natural Bridge and Kirra Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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