7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 30​min
1
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour planning tool .

Melbourne to Magnetic Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Magnetic Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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2
nights
Cairns

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 19th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Balloon Rides

1
night
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 21st (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Glow Worm Caves, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. In March, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cape Tribulation - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Glow Worm Caves
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
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.
On the 24th (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba travel planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra Lighthouses, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Caloundra Lighthouses ©
Caloundra Lighthouses

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