11 days in Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ballandean
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Atherton
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and finally stroll through Kirra Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Girraween National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Ballandean Estate Wines, do a tasting at Tobin Winery, learn about winemaking at Symphony Hill Winery, do a tasting at Twisted Gum Wines, then do a tasting at Balancing Rock Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Girraween Estate Vineyard & Cellar Door.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballandean holiday builder app .

Drive from Gold Coast to Ballandean in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Ballandean

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Wyberba
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Balancing Rock Wines ©
Balancing Rock Wines
Tobin Winery ©
Tobin Winery

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics, steep yourself in history at Longreach Powerhouse Museum, see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Longreach trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ballandean to Longreach. In June in Longreach, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally stop by Australian Leather Company.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns route planning website .

Getting from Longreach to Cairns by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Longreach in June, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cooktown day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cooktown takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In June in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Atherton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Spas

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Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Crystal Caves, take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, take an in-depth tour of Spy & Camera Museum, then examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Historic Village Herberton, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Atherton attractions planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Atherton in 2 hours. In June in Atherton, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Atherton

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Herberton, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
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The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Herberton Mining Museum ©
Herberton Mining Museum

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