55 days in Queensland Itinerary

55 days in Queensland Itinerary

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55 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Maleny
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Noosa
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Townsville
— 5 nights
Bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, get in on the family fun at Dreamworld, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip builder .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Get out of town with these interesting Maleny side-trips: Charlie Moreland Camping Area (in Kenilworth), Podie Pie (in Nambour) and Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling, Mooloolaba Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, let little ones run wild at Buderim Lions Park, examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory, and hike along Obi Boardwalk.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Maleny vacation builder website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Maleny in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kenilworth, Podie Pie, Kondalilla National Park, Buderim Lions Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Caloundra Coastal Walk (in Kings Beach) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, and take in panoramic vistas at Mount Tinbeerwah.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Noosa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mount Cooroora, Maroochydore Beach, Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, Laserzone Sunshine Coast
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and stroll through Eli Creek.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island sightseeing planner.

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Green Island, see Off-Road Tours, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online visit planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Daintree (Photography Tours & Daintree Tea) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation road trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk

6
nights
Port Douglas

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.
When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Elizas Gallery in Daintree, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Elizas Gallery, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
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.
Take a break from Townsville with a short trip to Hinchinbrook Island in Cardwell, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland.

To plan Townsville vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Copperfield Gorge, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Hinchinbrook Island
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Jetryder, & more) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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