14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Brisbane
— 1 day
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Dalby
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Roma
— 1 night
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Carnarvon National Park
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Longreach
— 1 night
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Hughenden
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Kuranda
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Cooktown
— 1 night
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Brisbane

— 1 day

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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Dalby.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Dalby

Dalby is a town and locality in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. On the 4th (Fri), settle in for a delightful tour with Bunya Mountains Horse Drawn Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dalby road trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Dalby by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Dalby dip to 19°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roma.

Things to do in Dalby

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Roma

— 1 night
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Roma trip planner.

You can drive from Dalby to Roma in 3 hours. You'll set off for Carnarvon National Park on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Roma

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Carnarvon National Park

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Carnarvon Gorge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Carnarvon National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Roma to Carnarvon National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Carnarvon National Park

Parks · Nature

Longreach

— 1 night
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum and then explore the activities along Lake Eyre Basin.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Longreach trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Carnarvon National Park to Longreach by car takes about 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hughenden.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Parks · Nature

Hughenden

— 1 night
Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum and then examine the collection at Flinders Discovery Centre.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hughenden visit planner.

Drive from Longreach to Hughenden in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hughenden are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hughenden

Museums

Side Trip

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daydream Island Living Reef will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Catseye Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon will thrill your kids. Take a break from Airlie Beach with a short trip to Jetryder in Hamilton Island, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and browse the exhibits of Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Drive from Hughenden to Airlie Beach in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Hughenden in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Kuranda

— 1 night
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Kuranda Koala Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Barron Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rainforestation Nature Park, see Kuranda Rainforest Journeys, then whizz through the canopy at Skypark by AJ Hackett Cairns, and finally look for gifts at Our Animals Our Earth.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuranda road trip app.

Drive from Airlie Beach to Kuranda in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or fly; or drive. In December in Kuranda, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On your second day here, stop by With Sugar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally get outside with Horses in Port.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip site.

Traveling by car from Kuranda to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns

— 1 night

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 15th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
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Cooktown

— 1 night
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Finch Bay, then get interesting insight from Great Northern Tours, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cooktown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Cooktown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.