11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Maleny
— 1 day
Drive
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights

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Maleny

— 1 day
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 1st (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, then identify plant and animal life at Obi Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Podie Pie.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Maleny travel route planner.

Brisbane to Maleny is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Maleny, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Essential Bodywork, and then take a tour by water with Noosa River & Canal Cruises.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Cairns

— 3 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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, &more). It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns visit planner.

Getting from Noosa to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 3 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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art, kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Brisbane

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip tool.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
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.