8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Perth

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast visit planner .

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Perth to Gold Coast, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

2
nights
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 7th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then stroll through Castle Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Townsville driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Townsville with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Townsville reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Balloon Rides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Davies Creek National Park (in Mareeba) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker app .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Scuba & Snorkeling, Davies Creek National Park
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Davies Creek National Park ©
Davies Creek National Park

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