26 days in Queensland Itinerary

26 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Fly
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Townsville
— 1 night
Ferry
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Drive to Daintree River Ferry, Ferry to Daintree River Ferry North, Drive to Cape Tribulation
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Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Moreton Island
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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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 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary builder app.

Melbourne to Townsville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Townsville to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Magnetic Island Time Cruises. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Magnetic Island National Park, then explore the activities along Arthur Bay, then look for gifts at Arcadia Store, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Happy hands Thai massage.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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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 28th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. November in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island online travel planner.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip app.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Cape Tribulation

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation day trip planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get great views at Wrights Lookout, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and The Ginger Factory (in Yandina). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, stop by Watermelon Red, and kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary builder app.

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 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

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Moreton Island

Gem of the South

Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
Moreton Island is known for wildlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Moreton Island, see majestic marine mammals with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding, make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moreton Island itinerary builder website.

Traveling by journey from Brisbane to Moreton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Moreton Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

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

You can travel from Moreton Island to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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.