8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Perth

2
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 27th (Fri): tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Gold Coast. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Surfers Paradise Golf Club ©
Surfers Paradise Golf Club

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Jetryder and then stroll through Catseye Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Gold Coast in April, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by With Sugar, stop by Coffee Works, stroll through Four Mile Beach, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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