31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
2
Herberton
— 1 night
3
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
5
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
6
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
7
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
9
Longreach
— 1 night
10
Cairns
— 5 nights

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Spas. Spend the 25th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and savor the flavors at Mossman Saturday Market.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas planner.

Manchester, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Port Douglas. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Herberton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Saturday Market, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

1
night
Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Herberton trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Herberton in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Herberton

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island Living Reef. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, Horseshoe Bay, &more) and Hill Inlet (in Whitsunday Island). Spend the 31st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, look for gifts at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Herberton to Airlie Beach with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

Plan a Hamilton Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Brisbane and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Story Bridge, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Hamilton Island in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
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.
On the 9th (Sat), stroll around Wirreanda Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroochydore Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and then stroll through Bulcock Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Wirreanda Park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach

2
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos Turtle Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alexandra Park Zoo, examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bundaberg vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Bundaberg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company ©
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Bundaberg to Fraser Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and then examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Longreach trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Longreach takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, expect nights in Longreach to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Beach and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cairns Aquarium.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Longreach to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in January, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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