12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  32​h
1
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 28th (Sat), stop by Spinifex Collections, then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Longreach travel planner .

Dallas, USA to Longreach is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Longreach to be little chillier, temps between 85°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Outback Pics ©
Outback Pics

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary 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. When traveling from Longreach in September, plan for little chillier days in Gold Coast, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hamilton Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Hamilton Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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 2nd (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, make a trip to Grassy Hill, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cooktown trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cooktown to Cairns in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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