15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Townsville
— 1 day
ferry:  30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

1
day
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 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville visit planner.

Perth to Townsville is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Townsville due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in July, with highs in Townsville at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Magnetic Island Museum, then get a tailor-made plan with Pilgrim Sailing, and then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. July in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Balloon Rides. There's more to do: stop by Australian Leather Company.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Balloon Rides
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cow Bay Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Opal Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and stop by With Sugar.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, things will get little chillier in Gold Coast: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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