20 days in Queensland Itinerary

20 days in Queensland Itinerary

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20 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  27​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Village Herberton and Spas & Wellness. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 26th (Mon), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and then take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Townsville journey builder website .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Townsville

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a stroll through Hastings Street, then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba day trip planning website .

Getting from Townsville to Mooloolaba by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in November, expect Mooloolaba to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Noosa
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Fraser Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 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 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Fraser Island
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 5th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then stroll through Finch Bay, and finally identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then relax in the rural setting at Alkoomie Station, then explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cooktown holiday maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Cooktown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Do some cultural sightseeing at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Daintree Discovery Centre. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cow Bay to see Cow Bay Beach about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by With Sugar, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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