21 days in Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Fly
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Noosa
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & South Bank Parklands). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, get outside with Qld Luxury Car Rentals, and stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach.

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Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. June in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Spend the 3rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Billy Tea Safaris, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.
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Cape Tribulation — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Photography Tours and Gondwana Rainforest will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, get great views at Mount Alexandra Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.
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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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Rex Lookout in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, go for a walk through Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Noosa.
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Noosa — 3 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kids will enjoy Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra RSL Military Display (in Caloundra). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Noosa Safaris, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Noosa online road trip planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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