8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Adelaide

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.
On the 25th (Wed), revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast vacation planner .

Adelaide to Gold Coast is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Adelaide in July, expect nights in Gold Coast to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre ©
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, then don't miss a visit to City Hall, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Museums
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City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
City Hall ©
City Hall

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island travel route builder site .

Getting from Brisbane to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, Magnetic Island is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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1
night
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 29th (Sun): head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Townsville travel planner .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. July in Townsville sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (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

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and Balloon Rides. Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Agincourt Reef
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Balloon Rides

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