9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland planner

Make it your trip
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Noosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Maleny
— 1 night
Drive
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Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights

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Noosa

— 1 night
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 13th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Underground Surf, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa road trip planner.

Cairns to Noosa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Maleny

— 1 night
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 15th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maleny trip builder.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Maleny sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Seventeen Seventy

— 1 night
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn and then take in the local highlights with 1770 LARC! Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seventeen Seventy route maker app.

Drive from Maleny to Seventeen Seventy in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Maleny in August, Seventeen Seventy is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Airlie Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Seventeen Seventy to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Seventeen Seventy in August, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Mission Beach

— 1 night
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 18th (Tue), stop by The Pocket, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally relax and float downstream with Wildside Adventures.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip planning tool.

Drive from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cairns

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Annie's at the Beach & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, &more). There's more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool.

Getting from Mission Beach to Cairns by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.