47 days in Queensland Itinerary

47 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary planner

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Noosa
— 5 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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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 4 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
— 7 nights
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Queensland Zoo (in Woombye), BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, take in the exciting artwork at Seaview Art Gallery, stroll through Kings Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa day trip website.

Canberra to Noosa is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Noosa to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

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.
Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Cow Bay and see Daintree Discovery Centre, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Myall Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online road trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Townsville

— 2 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at The Strand and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Airlie Beach

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mackay (Mackay Aqua Park & Bluewater Lagoon). Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, get a dose of the wild on Turtle Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

Plan trip to Airlie Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Hamilton Island

— 4 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online route planner.

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Hervey Bay is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, step off the mainland to explore Fraser Island, explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay online trip planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in January since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Fraser Island

— 7 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28:

Gold Coast

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, &more). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, tour on your own time with Qld Luxury Car Rentals, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker site.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

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.