15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 2nd (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get outside with Pelican Feeding, then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Gold Coast at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough 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 4th (Wed): go for a walk through Caloundra Coastal Walk and then explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, then look for gifts at Watermelon Red, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally get your game on at SunJet Simulations.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Noosa itinerary builder .

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Coastal Walk
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in December since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by With Sugar. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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