15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  13​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
On the 28th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

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Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Noosa tour builder website .

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planning site .

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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