23 days in Queensland Itinerary

23 days in Queensland Itinerary

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23 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

2
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to FlyWaco (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations & Mooloolaba Beach) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, stroll around Wirreanda Park, stroll through Noosa Main Beach, and go for a walk through Caloundra Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Wirreanda Park, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

4
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: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island holiday planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 21st (Mon), grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Walu Wugirriga Lookout in Cow Bay--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, stroll through Thornton Beach, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation holiday planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

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You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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