40 days in Queensland Itinerary

40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
5
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
6
Noosa
— 4 nights
7
Maleny
— 4 nights
8
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights

3
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.
Relax by the water at Catseye Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Jetryder (in Hamilton Island). There's still lots to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, 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 flight. 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 °C and °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

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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 get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
Visit Cow Bay Beach and Myall Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Thornton Beach and Daintree National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Entomological museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bloomfield Waterfall, Photography Tours, Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Photography Tours
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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

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 °C and lows of °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

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Ellis Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

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

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in December, with lows around °C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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

4
nights
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 Noosa Main Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Marcoola Beach and Peregian Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Kings Beach (in Caloundra), North Shore Dog Beach (in Mudjimba) and Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, get great views at Lows Lookout, and look for gifts at Underground Surf.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Lows Lookout, Marcoola Beach, North Shore Dog Beach, Mount Ninderry
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

4
nights
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 Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba) and Buderim (Buderim Forest Park & Buderim Lions Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Glass House Mountains National Park, browse the exhibits of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, trek along Obi Boardwalk, and look for gifts at Podie Pie.

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 take a train. January in Maleny sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Glass House Mountains National Park, Podie Pie
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

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.
Get outdoors at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tugun Beach and Kirra Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, 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 take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °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
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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dicky Beach in Caloundra (about 1h 15 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 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

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