32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary planner

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Brisbane
— 4 nights
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Maleny
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
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Brisbane

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise (Surfers Paradise Beach & Infinity Attraction). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary site.

Adelaide to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Adelaide in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Maleny

— 3 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Go for a jaunt from Maleny to Bribie Island to see Island Gondola about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, find something for the whole family at Aussie World, and experience rural life at Maleny Dairies.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maleny trip planning website.

Drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Noosa

— 5 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery, Bulcock Beach, &more), Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork, kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planning app.

Getting from Maleny to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek, take an exotic tour of Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island tour itinerary app.

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: 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. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Spend the 20th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Cairns

— 5 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: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Honey House). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary site.

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
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Airlie Beach

— 3 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 Hamilton Island (Go-Kart Racing Track & Catseye Beach). There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip builder app.

Drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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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.