13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

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13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  8​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

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 21st (Fri): look for gifts at With Sugar and then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas driving holiday app .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Head to The Real McCaul and Berkelouw Book Barnfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Caloundra (MaisyMoo & Bulcock Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach and hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Noosa trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Noosa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Robina Town Shopping Centre and Burleigh Head National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Greenmount Beach, make a trip to Snapper Rocks, get some fabulous bargains at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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