15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, stop by Miami Marketta, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast attractions planner.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gold Coast, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a tour of HMAS Brisbane, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Noosa visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Kings Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen will get you outdoors.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas visit planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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