12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  27​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Denver

1
day
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get interesting insight from Cumberland Charter Yachts and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Denver, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 27-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. When traveling from Denver in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island day trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides. Escape the urban bustle at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Birdworld Kuranda in Kuranda, approximately 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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 21st (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 22nd (Tue), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Outback Pics.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Longreach day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Longreach, with highs around 93°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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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.
Visit Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and SkyPoint Climb. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, explore the activities along Black Swan Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Longreach to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Longreach in October: highs in Gold Coast hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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