28 days in Queensland Itinerary

28 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  8 h 30 min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 4th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Into The Blue Gallery. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach attractions website.

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Airlie Beach at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hamilton Island Art Gallery
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

4
nights
Cairns

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Let the collections at Historic Village Herberton and Spy & Camera Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Herberton, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

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.
Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Daintree (Photography Tours, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, &more) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

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You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Get some cultural insight at Ngarru Gallery and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum and then steep yourself in history at Longreach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum, then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langenbaker House.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in August since evenings lows in Longreach dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum ©
Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Mooloolaba Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra) and Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenrezig Institute, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Longreach to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in August, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caloundra, Australia Zoo, Chenrezig Institute, Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Castle
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

4
nights
Gold Coast

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.
Springbrook Research Observatory has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Burleigh Heads Beach and Pelican Feeding. Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Cape Byron Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
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Springbrook Research Observatory ©
Springbrook Research Observatory
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Indian Head and Lake McKenzie. Kids will enjoy Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

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