36 days in Queensland Itinerary

36 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland journey planner

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
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Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery & Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Fraser Island

— 5 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and don't miss a visit to K'gari.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Noosa

— 4 nights
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 (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach), Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery & Kings Beach) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Noosa Spa and kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Noosa road trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Port Douglas

— 5 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online journey builder.

You can fly from Noosa to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Cape Tribulation

— 4 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Daintree to see Photography Tours about 58 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip maker site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Cairns

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:

Hamilton Island

— 2 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Hamilton Island are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Golf
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 31st (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.