13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Entomological museum. For shopping fun, head to Floravilla Ice Cream Factory or Ngarru Gallery. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas holiday builder site.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Spend the 29th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Noosa

— 3 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Hastings Street and Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Kawana Shoppingworldfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Real McCaul, explore the galleries of Artisans Gallery, browse the fresh offerings at Peregian Beach Markets, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip builder website.

Getting from Cairns to Noosa by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), awaken your taste buds at Cork 'n Fork Tours and then browse the different shops at The Pines Elanora. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Anthea Polson Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online vacation planner.

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping · Wineries · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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.