15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Trinity Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Herberton
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Longreach
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Robina Town Shopping Centre or Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey builder site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

3
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kings Beach and Peregian Beach. Head to The Real McCaul and Caloundra Regional Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Mooloolaba side-trips: Eumundi (Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre & The Original Eumundi Markets). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach, view the masterpieces at Seaview Art Gallery, stroll through Maroochydore Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Eumundi, Peregian Beach, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 14th (Fri), stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

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

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Trinity Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
day
Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, stop by Opal Time, view the masterpieces at Peter Jarver Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinity Beach trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Trinity Beach with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Herberton.

Things to do in Trinity Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kuranda
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Peter Jarver Gallery ©
Peter Jarver Gallery
Opal Time ©
Opal Time

1
night
Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Herberton Mining Museum, get engrossed in the history at Historic Village Herberton, learn more about the world around you at The Crystal Caves, then take in the exciting artwork at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, and finally view the masterpieces at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Herberton trip planner .

You can drive from Trinity Beach to Herberton in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Herberton

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tolga, The Crystal Caves
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves
Herberton Mining Museum ©
Herberton Mining Museum

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Herberton to Magnetic Island. December in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Transportation
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

2
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Discover out-of-the-way places like Outback Pics and Spinifex Collections. Do some cultural sightseeing at Longreach Powerhouse Museum and Camden Park Station. Step out of Longreach to go to Ilfracombe and see Langenbaker House, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Longreach, examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eyre Basin.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Longreach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Magnetic Island in December, expect nights in Longreach to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Langenbaker House, Longreach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Longreach Powerhouse Museum ©
Longreach Powerhouse Museum
Langenbaker House ©
Langenbaker House

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