9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 27th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach and then have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner.

Perth to Hamilton Island is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Hamilton Island. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Perth in April since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Spas & Wellness
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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.
On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Historic Village Herberton, then relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel route planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Spas & Wellness
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Spas & Wellness
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Spas & Wellness in Byron Bay--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in May: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Spas & Wellness
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Spas & Wellness

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