12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly

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Brisbane

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.
On the 27th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, do sightseeing your way with Jetboat Extreme, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

Before you visit Gold Coast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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nights
Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Golden Beach Hire (in Golden Beach), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Escape Room Oz). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork, get a taste of the local shopping with Hastings Street, look for gifts at Underground Surf, and get the adrenaline pumping with Noosa Quad Bike Tours.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Muddy's Playground, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Noosa to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

1
night
Airlie Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Queensland travel guide

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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.