22 days in Queensland & Tasmania Itinerary

22 days in Queensland & Tasmania Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 45​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Huonville
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
New Norfolk
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Mole Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Sheffield
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
11
Turners Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
12
Devonport
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
Launceston
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney


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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach. Family-friendly places like Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast visit planner.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Visiting Safaris and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. When in Cape Tribulation, make a side trip to see Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

1
day
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Remarkable Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and then get to know the fascinating history of Port Arthur Historic Site.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Arthur tour builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Port Arthur. When traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, plan for little chillier days in Port Arthur, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Huonville.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

1
night
Huonville

Huonville ©
Huonville is a town on the Huon River, in the south-east of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): do a tasting at Home Hill Winery, admire the natural beauty at Inverawe Native Gardens, and then admire the sheer force of Pelverata Falls Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Huonville route maker .

You can drive from Port Arthur to Huonville in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to New Norfolk.

Things to do in Huonville

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Home Hill Winery, Inverawe Native Gardens
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Inverawe Native Gardens ©
Inverawe Native Gardens
Home Hill Winery ©
Home Hill Winery

1
night
New Norfolk

New Norfolk ©
New Norfolk is a town on the Derwent River, in the south-east of Tasmania, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mona and then look for gifts at The Drill Hall Emporium.

Make your New Norfolk itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Huonville to New Norfolk by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in New Norfolk

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): trek along Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and then explore the activities along Lake St. Clair. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at "Wee Georgie Wood", then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit, and then hike along Larmairremener tabelti.

Plan trip to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from New Norfolk to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mole Creek.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

"Wee Georgie Wood"
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Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
©
"Wee Georgie Wood"

1
night
Mole Creek

Mole Creek ©
Mole Creek is a town in the upper Mersey Valley, in the central north of Tasmania, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): Head underground at Mole Creek Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Marakoopa Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Alum Cliffs.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mole Creek online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Mole Creek takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mole Creek can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sheffield.

Things to do in Mole Creek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Alum Cliffs
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Mole Creek Caves ©
Mole Creek Caves
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary
Marakoopa Cave ©
Marakoopa Cave

1
night
Sheffield

Sheffield ©
Sheffield is a town 23 kilometres inland from Devonport on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by World Of Marbles, then get in on the family fun at Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot, and then take a stroll through Tasmania’s Town of Murals.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sheffield road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mole Creek to Sheffield takes an hour. January in Sheffield sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turners Beach.

Things to do in Sheffield

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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World Of Marbles ©
World Of Marbles

1
night
Turners Beach

Turners Beach ©
On the 9th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Turners Beach Berry Patch, then let the kids burn off some steam at Penguin Foreshore, then don't miss a visit to Giant Penguin, and finally take in breathtaking views at Leven Canyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turners Beach attractions website .

You can drive from Sheffield to Turners Beach in an hour. January in Turners Beach sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Devonport.

Things to do in Turners Beach

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Penguin, Leven Canyon
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Turners Beach Berry Patch ©
Turners Beach Berry Patch

1
night
Devonport

Devonport ©
Looking out across the Bass Strait towards Melbourne, Devonport stands out against a backdrop of rolling hills, pastures, and coastal bluffs.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coles Beach, then see the interesting displays at Don River Railway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Tasmanian Arboretum.

Planning Devonport trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Devonport is just a stone's throw from Turners Beach. In January, daily temperatures in Devonport can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Devonport

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Coles Beach ©
Coles Beach
Don River Railway ©
Don River Railway
The Tasmanian Arboretum ©
The Tasmanian Arboretum

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, contemplate the long history of Entally Estate, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and finally take in the views from Alexandra Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Launceston trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Devonport to Launceston in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Launceston are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Woolmers Estate
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Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Entally House ©
Entally House

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