18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
Travel:  10​h 15​min
2
Lizard Island
— 1 night
Travel:  12​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
6
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  32​h
End: Milan

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 16th (Sat), head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Magnetic Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in March, things will get warmer in Magnetic Island: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Lizard Island

Lizard Island
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Cod Hole and then see the vivid underwater world at No Name Reef.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lizard Island trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magnetic Island to Lizard Island. On the 18th (Mon), you're off toHamilton Island.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 19th (Tue), tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island visit planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lizard Island to Hamilton Island. March in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then head outdoors with Watersports Guru, and then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, Gold Coast is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Buderim Forest Park
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Grassy Hill, then contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cooktown trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mooloolaba to Cooktown. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Isabella Falls ©
Isabella Falls

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then kick back and relax at Ellis Beach, and then stop by With Sugar.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree, Birdworld Kuranda, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Ellis Beach
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Photography Tours
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach and then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, then view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Cow Bay Beach
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Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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