13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Hatton Vale
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
8
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Hatton Vale

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip planner .

Hatton Vale to Hervey Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mary Ann Steam Locomotive
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rockhampton trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): cool off at Bluewater Lagoon and then stop by Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay route planning site .

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. June in Mackay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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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 2nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Plan trip to Townsville with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Townsville. In July, daytime highs in Townsville are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums Nature Parks
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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nights
Port Douglas

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 3rd (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns holiday builder site .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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Townsville

Townsville ©
On the 6th (Mon), go for a walk through Castle Hill, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville travel app .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Nature
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
St James Cathedral ©
St James Cathedral

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Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
On the 7th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Finch Hatton Gorge and then relax in the rural setting at Ballantyne's Strawberry Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Hillsborough road trip planning app .

Getting from Townsville to Cape Hillsborough by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Townsville in July, expect nights in Cape Hillsborough to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toGladstone.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Finch Hatton Gorge, Ballantyne's Strawberry Farm
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Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

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Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, and then browse the exhibits of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gladstone online route planner .

Getting from Cape Hillsborough to Gladstone by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Mon Repos and then see the interesting displays at Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bundaberg journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Bundaberg takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in July, Bundaberg is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

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