16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Fly
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackay, Fly to Hervey Bay
5
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

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.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app.

Perth to Port Douglas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Port Douglas. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in September, with highs in Port Douglas at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Cape Tribulation — 3 nights

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.
Cape Tribulation is known for adventure, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, browse the exhibits of Daintree Entomological museum, stroll through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. September in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Didi La Baysse Art Studio & Gallery (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, explore the world behind art at NorthSite Contemporary Arts, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), stop by Beach Book Boutique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour of Whitsunday Passage and then go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach travel route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.
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Hervey Bay — 2 nights

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at WetSide Water Park, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and then walk around Australian Adventure Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay attractions planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Hervey Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 2 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then walk around Wirreanda Park, and finally kick back and relax at Kings Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Mount Coolum, then cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Mooloolaba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.
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