16 days in Gold Coast & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Gold Coast & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Gold Coast & Townsville North Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
2
Ingham
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Perth

4
nights
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.
Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Natural Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Byron Bay). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast online tour planner .

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Gold Coast is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ingham.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
Ingham

Ingham ©
Ingham is a town and locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Jourama Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wallaman Falls, and then make a trip to Mercer Lane Mosaic. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Broadwater National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ingham tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Ingham in 17 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, expect Ingham to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Ingham

Nature Parks
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Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls
Jourama Falls ©
Jourama Falls

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach day trip planning tool .

Drive from Ingham to Mission Beach in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Skydiving

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Magnetic Island National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Geoffrey Bay.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

3
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Tropical Queensland and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Many Peaks Walking Track. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at The Strand and browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville online tour planner .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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