40 days in Queensland Itinerary

40 days in Queensland Itinerary

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40 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + ferry:  29​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Catseye Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island) and Jetryder (in Hamilton Island). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Airlie Beach is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Airlie Beach is 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 34°C and lows reach 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

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.
Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas journey website .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°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, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Tribulation Beach and Dubuji Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Cow Bay Beach (in Cow Bay), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Cow Bay Beach, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Indian Head and Central Station Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning 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, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Fraser Island. 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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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll get in some beach time at Noosa Main Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get outdoors at Peregian Beach and Kings Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Mount Ninderry (in Yandina). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, kick back and relax at North Shore Dog Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroochydore Beach, and stop by Underground Surf.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa road trip website .

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Marcoola Beach, North Shore Dog Beach, Lows Lookout, 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.
Get outdoors at Mooloolaba Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Maleny side-trips: Podie Pie (in Nambour), Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains) and Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Point Cartwright). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kawana Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Buderim Lions Park, browse the exhibits of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, and examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Maleny route website .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Maleny are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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, Mapleton Observatory
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Tugun Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner.

Drive from Maleny to Gold Coast in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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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