15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Mooloolaba
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 4th (Fri), stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Hobart to Airlie Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in December: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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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 6th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

3
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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.
On the 8th (Tue), look for gifts at With Sugar, then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip app.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, head off the coast to Waddy Point, kick back and relax at Indian Head, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Port Douglas in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

2
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Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Buderim Lions Park, then make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Podie Pie, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, and finally enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mooloolaba travel route tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.