24 days in Tasmania & Queensland Itinerary

24 days in Tasmania & Queensland Itinerary

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24 days in Tasmania & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Launceston
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Beerwah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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2
nights
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 29th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Holm Oak Vineyards, identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at The Pinot Shop. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Lilydale Falls, stop by Goaty Hill Wines, then do a tasting at Moores Hill Estate, then learn about winemaking at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, and finally see the interesting displays at Franklin House.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Launceston journey planner .

Melbourne to Launceston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, Launceston is little chillier than Melbourne - with highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Goaty Hill Wines, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door, Holm Oak Vineyards, Moores Hill Estate
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Holm Oak Vineyards ©
Holm Oak Vineyards
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Moores Hill Estate ©
Moores Hill Estate

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Old and New Art and Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site. Popular historic sites such as Constitution Dock and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hobart: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Three Capes Track (in Port Arthur). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. David's Cathedral, look for gifts at Aspect Design, and learn about winemaking at Puddleduck Vineyard.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary app .

Getting from Launceston to Hobart by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hobart are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Three Capes Track, Museum of Old and New Art, Seven Mile Beach, Puddleduck Vineyard, Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zipline. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast online road trip planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 78°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beerwah.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
nights
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australia Zoo. On the 5th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Glass House Mountains National Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beerwah road trip planning tool .

Drive from Gold Coast to Beerwah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glass House Mountains National Park, Bribie Island Seaside Museum
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Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, see the interesting displays at Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Beerwah to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum
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Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip website .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as RnR White Water Rafting. You'll explore and learn at The Crystal Caves and Cairns Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Esplanade Boardwalk and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park). Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mareeba, Palm Cove Beach, The Crystal Caves
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

1
night
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 18th (Thu): stop by With Sugar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and finally explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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