25 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

25 days in Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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Fly
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Bus
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 1 day

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Whitsunday Island

On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Brisbane to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect nights in Whitsunday Island to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, then kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, stop by CoffeeWorks, and then don't miss a visit to Kissing Point Fort.

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Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve in Mareeba (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Fraser Island

Get outdoors at Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Everglades. Relax by the water at Noosa Main Beach and Stumers Creek. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: North Shore Dog Beach (in Mudjimba), SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (in Mooloolaba) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Maleny

A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Maleny, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

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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 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Eat Street Northshore.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip website.

Getting from Maleny to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.