21 days in Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Queensland Itinerary

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21 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
5
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Vienna

4
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.
Visit Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Vienna, Austria to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Traveling from Vienna in March, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 11th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary and then don't miss a visit to Street Art CBD Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, explore the striking landscape of Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Townsville online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Townsville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cow Bay Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bloomfield Waterfall and With Sugar. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and look for gifts at Whileaway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. In March in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

4
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.
Visit Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge and Burleigh Heads Beach. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, examine the collection at Surf World Gold Coast, and kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in March since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kings Beach and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage. Relax by the water at Bulcock Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Take a break from Mooloolaba with a short trip to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary website .

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

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