47 days in Queensland Itinerary

47 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Townsville
— 4 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, 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, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 6 nights
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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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Port Douglas Court House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey builder app.

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Port Douglas is 0.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in November: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation attractions site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns driving holiday website.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:

Hamilton Island

— 2 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Catseye Beach and then tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Hamilton Island Art Gallery and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island day trip planning website.

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Grays Bay. We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Horseshoe Bay in Bowen--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of Whitsunday Crocodile Safari, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

Find out how to plan Airlie Beach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Townsville

— 4 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Army Museum North Queensland and The Drill Hall Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at The Strand, view the masterpieces at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kissing Point Fort.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville itinerary planner.

Drive from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Get in touch with nature at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Eli Creek.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Townsville to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Townsville in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:

Noosa

— 6 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Peregian Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Caloundra (Seaview Art Gallery & Queensland Air Museum), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Noosa Museum, and gain some tasty knowledge on Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Noosa route builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Maleny

— 5 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chenrezig Institute and Mapleton Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Island Gondola. Venture out of the city with trips to TAVAS Aviation Museum (in Caboolture) and Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. Inc. (in Nambour). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, examine the collection at Landsborough Museum, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, and get a taste of the local shopping with Montville Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Maleny online trip planner.

Getting from Noosa to Maleny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Maleny, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Brisbane

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as St. John's Anglican Cathedral and Wolston Farmhouse are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cork 'n Fork Tours (in Tamborine Mountain) and GC Wake Park (in Oxenford). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, stroll around South Bank Parklands, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.