13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

London
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
Gold Coast
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h
Townsville
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
London

2
days
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 19th (Wed), browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

London, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

few
hours
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then trek along Castle Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Townsville trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Townsville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, things will get a bit warmer in Townsville: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In September, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

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2
days
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 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Coffee Works, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Magnetic Island to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation journey planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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