15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  23​h
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Seattle

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation maker .

Seattle, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Gold Coast, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

1
day
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 16th (Mon): go for a walk through Castle Hill and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Townsville online visit planner .

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 July, expect Townsville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. Step out of the city life by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Balloon Rides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route site .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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 22nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, then tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach and then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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