40 days in Queensland Itinerary

40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 4 nights
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Maleny
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 4 nights

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Airlie Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Catseye Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Jetryder (in Hamilton Island) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Airlie Beach is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Toronto to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Airlie Beach to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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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 get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get outside with Horses in Port, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Myall Beach and Daintree National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Photography Tours
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

4
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Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ellis Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Indian Head and Eli Creek. Escape the urban bustle at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake Birrabeen.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
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Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Bulcock Beach and Marcoola Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and North Shore Dog Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, stroll through Peregian Beach, and stop by Underground Surf.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noosa itinerary site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

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Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Kawana Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Point Cartwright and Glass House Mountains National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Buderim (Buderim Forest Park & Buderim Lions Park) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: stroll through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, browse the exhibits of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, trek along Obi Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Maleny holiday builder tool.

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. January in Maleny sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Glass House Mountains National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Get outdoors at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tugun Beach and Coolangatta Beach. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip app.

You can drive from Maleny to Gold Coast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

Australia's New World City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dicky Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Moffat Beach in Caloundra (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, examine the collection at Opal Museum, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and make a trip to City Hall.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online visit planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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