22 days in Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas — 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Photography Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agincourt Reef and Abattoir Swamp Environmental Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning tool.

Adelaide to Port Douglas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Adelaide to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in January, Port Douglas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Barron Falls and Atherton Tablelands. Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Billy Tea Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hamilton Island.
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Hamilton Island — 2 nights

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island tour planning website.

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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 19th (Thu): head outdoors with Turtle Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, cool off at Airlie Aqua Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Crocodile Safari.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Bulcock Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. There's still lots to do: walk around Mount Coolum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Maroochydore Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Mooloolaba when traveling from Airlie Beach in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 4 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Dolphin Marine Tours and Carlo Sand Blow. Get outdoors at Esplanade and Mon Repos Turtle Encounter. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Bundaberg Rum Distillery (in Bundaberg) and Rainbow Beach (in Rainbow Beach). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at WetSide Water Park, relax and rejuvenate at Ocean Therapies Massage and Wellness Centre, let little ones run wild at Pialba Adventure Park, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hervey Bay travel route planner.

Drive from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Gold Coast.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kurrawa Beach and Kirra Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Head National Park and Greenmount Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

Plan trip to Gold Coast with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Gold Coast by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Queensland travel guide

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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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