Soak up everything the sunshine state of Queensland has to offer, from modern eateries and boutique shopping to winding rainforest roads, sandy islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Your eight-day adventure starts in Brisbane and continues north along the coast to Noosa and Fraser Island, capping the trip off with two nights in Port Douglas. Swim in freshwater lakes on Fraser Island, spot humpback whales off of Hervey Bay, and hang out with koalas and kangaroos in Port Douglas.

 

Highlights

  • Sip champagne atop Mount Coot-Tha overlooking Brisbane
  • Bask in the sun on Noosa's Main Beach
  • Explore the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island
  • Wind your way through tropical rainforest along the coast to Port Douglas
  • Snorkel with the underwater wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Brisbane Brisbane
Day 2 Drive along the Sunshine Coast to Noosa Noosa
Day 3 Explore Noosa Noosa
Day 4 Drive to Hervey Bay; Ferry to Fraser Island Fraser Island
Day 5 Explore Fraser Island by 4WD Fraser Island
Day 6 Fly to Cairns; Drive to Port Douglas Port Douglas
Day 7 Explore the Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas
Day 8 Drive to Cairns - Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Brisbane

Brisbane - The River City
Brisbane's "River City"

Welcome to Australia! Upon your arrival in Brisbane, you will meet your local guide who will go over your itinerary with you. Transfer to your hotel to freshen up before enjoying a scenic drive through the hilly "River City" (so named for the Brisbane River), making your way to Mount Coot-Tha. With a glass of sparkling wine in hand, enjoy the panoramic view over Brisbane and its surroundings, a nice "Welcome to Brisbane" start to your holiday.

Day 2: Drive along the Sunshine Coast to Noosa

Australia - QLD - Melaney - Gardners Falls
Gardners Falls in Maleny

Today you will drive the couple hours north to the small communities of Maleny and Montville, excellent destinations for arts and crafts and gourmet eateries. Continue on your way, stopping for lunch at the famous Spirit House for Asian inspired platters in a stunning setting in Yandina.

Arrive in Noosa along the Sunshine Coast in the afternoon and check into your hotel, before setting out to explore the neighborhood. With the Noosa National Park, Everglades, gorgeous beaches and gardens, as well as boutique shops and fine dining options, there is something for all interests.

Day 3: Explore Noosa

Australia - Noosa - Main beach
Lie out in the sun on Noosa's Main Beach

Take the day to explore Noosa. If it's a Saturday, visit Australia's premier artisan market at Eumundi—a great place to find souvenirs and gifts. Alternatively, spend the morning or afternoon relaxing on the beach before taking in the culture of Hastings Street.

Day 4: Drive to Hervey Bay - Ferry to Fraser Island

Humpback whales, QLD, Australia
Spot humpback whales breaching the ocean

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic coastal drive to Hervey Bay (2.5 hours) and set sail on a unique whale or dolphin watching cruise (season dependant) for your chance to experience these creatures in their natural habitat. Continue by ferry to Fraser Island—the world's largest sand island and UNESCO World Heritage Site—and breathe in the fresh air of its untamed wilderness.

Day 5: Explore Fraser Island by 4WD

Austraila - Fraser Island - Lake McKenzie
Take a dip in the refreshing Lake McKenzie

Today you will spend the whole day exploring the Great Sandy National Park, stopping to visit top attractions and endless white sand beaches, including the SS Maheno (a 1935 shipwreck) and the Champagne Pools. Travel by 4WD and enjoy lunch with time to cool off in one of the 100 freshwater lakes, like Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby. 

Day 6: Fly to Cairns - Drive to Port Douglas

4 Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD, Australia
Roam Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas

Rise early this morning to make your flight from the Hervey Bay Airport to Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland. From the airport, you'll drive through part of the Kuranda National Park's rainforest making your way to Port Douglas (1 hour). Settle into your hotel and end the day with dinner at a local restaurant followed by an evening stroll on Four Mile Beach.

Day 7: Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Australia - Great Barrier Reef - Snorkel
Snorkel with the wildlife at the Great Barrier Reef

Get up before the sun and start your day on the yoga mat before boarding a luxury vessel for a full-day excursion of the Great Barrier Reef. Accompanied by marine biologists, you will learn about the reef as you visit up to three different reef systems. Relax, swim, and snorkel and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch along the way.

Day 8: Drive to Cairns - Depart

Port Douglas
Sunrise over Port Douglas

Enjoy breakfast this morning among the birds, koalas, and kangaroos at Port Douglas interactive Wildlife Habitat. Spend time discovering the wetland environment while absorbing the cacophony and colors. 

When it's time, transfer to the Cairns airport for your return flight home.

Map

Map of Discover Queensland - 8 Days
Map of Discover Queensland - 8 Days