12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Townsville
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cow Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Rochester

1
night
Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step aboard HMAS Brisbane, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, and then stroll through Kings Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary builder .

Rochester, USA to Mooloolaba is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Mooloolaba is 15 hours. In February, Mooloolaba is much hotter than Rochester - with highs of 83°F and lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Kings Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast travel route app .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

1
day
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 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Townsville day trip tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Townsville in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in February: high temperatures in Townsville hover around 89°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, then relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cow Bay driving holiday planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cow Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cow Bay can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree Tea
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Tea ©
Daintree Tea

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns online holiday planner .

Getting from Cow Bay to Cairns by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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