16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast sightseeing planning app .

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, Gold Coast is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wirreanda Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, and finally stroll through Mooloolaba Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Caloundra road trip website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Caloundra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Caloundra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buderim, Sunshine Castle, Chenrezig Institute, Mooloolaba Beach, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Noosa route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Noosa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then explore the activities along Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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.
Get some historical perspective at St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by combination of bus, car, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Walu Wugirriga Lookout ©
Walu Wugirriga Lookout

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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip tool .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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