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
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Spas & Wellness & Belongil Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel itinerary planner.

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 when traveling from Perth to Gold Coast is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Byron Bay
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

1
night
Port Douglas

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 30th (Mon): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Spas & Wellness
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get outside with Jetryder, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get your game on at Sports Club.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island online road trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in May, you will find days in Hamilton Island are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Sports Club ©
Sports Club
Spas & Wellness
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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