12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Caloundra
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip tool .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 16th (Sun), trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, stroll through Myall Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

3
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.
Get outdoors at Four Mile Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 18th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
day
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): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast travel planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Kings Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then tee off at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Caloundra trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Caloundra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis ©
Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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