22 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

22 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Perth Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  24​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  32​h
End: Halifax

1
day
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brisbane route planner.

Halifax, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Halifax to Brisbane, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in November, things will get much warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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 8th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at Kawana Shoppingworld, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Kawana Shoppingworld
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kawana Shoppingworld ©
Kawana Shoppingworld

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 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Step out of Melbourne to go to Brighton and see Brighton Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, shop like a local with Degraves Street, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Warnbro Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Fremantle Round House and The Bell Tower are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Penguin Island (in Rockingham), Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah) and Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

Before you visit Perth, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get a bit warmer in Perth: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mandurah Cruises, The Fremantle Round House, Penguin Island, Caversham Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Village Herberton and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Coffee Works, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cow Bay Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and James Cook Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Cooktown (Finch Bay & Grassy Hill). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cooktown, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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