30 days in Queensland Itinerary

30 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Cairns
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Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Longreach
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 4 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.
On the 1st (Sun), take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then surround yourself with nature on Turtle Tours, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach holiday builder website.

Melbourne to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Spas

Magnetic Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, get a new perspective on things with Magnetic Island Time Cruises, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island day trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In November in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 6 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 in touch with nature at Atherton Tablelands and Crystal Cascades. Explore hidden gems such as Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Lake Barrine (in Yungaburra), Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre (in Mareeba) and Kuranda (Barron Falls, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at Skypark by AJ Hackett Cairns.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Dubuji Boardwalk and Ocean Safari. The adventure continues: take a memorable excursion with D'Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Port Douglas

— 4 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 Agincourt Reef and Tranquility Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reef Sprinter and Opal Reef. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Tea in Daintree (about 46 minutes away). On the 16th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the old-fashioned way with Bally Hooley, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Longreach

— 2 nights
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Spinifex Collections, see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then get outside with Spirit of the Outback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Longreach online road trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Longreach in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Longreach: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Fraser Island

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Fraser Island Day Spa, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Longreach to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Longreach in November, expect Fraser Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Esplanade and Pacific Whale Foundation Australia will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. When in Hervey Bay, make a side trip to see Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Bundaberg, approximately Bundaberg away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, take in the waterfront at The Pier, observe the fascinating underwater world at Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim, and cool off at WetSide Water Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay attractions planner.

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In November in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mount Coolum, then stroll around Wirreanda Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Mooloolaba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Jet Ski Safaris. Get some cultural insight at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Brisbane to see City Botanic Gardens about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Greenmount Beach, identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.