31 days in Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Queensland Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+3
train + Fly + foot + train:  30​h
1
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bristol

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Greenmount Beach and Currumbin Beach. Step out of the city life by going to David Fleay Wildlife Park and Hastings Point Headland. Venture out of the city with trips to Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head), Daisy Hill Conservation Park (in Daisy Hill) and Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) (in Brisbane). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Miami Marketta, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, indulge your taste buds at Sanctuary Markets, and hunt for treasures at Lismore Car Boot Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast tour itinerary planning tool .

Bristol, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hastings Point Headland, Lismore Car Boot Market, Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), Mount Warning, Mount Warning Summit Trail
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Miami Marketta ©
Miami Marketta

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, get your game on at SunJet Simulations, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach, then stop by Berkelouw Book Barn, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mooloolaba trip builder website .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Berkelouw Book Barn, Buderim Forest Park, Caloundra Lighthouses, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to K'gari and then head off the coast to Waddy Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen and then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Waddy Point ©
Waddy Point
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

4
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Burrum Heads Beach and Queens Park. Head to Pier Park Community Markets and World Bazaarfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, take in the waterfront activity at Great Sandy Straits Marina, have some family-friendly fun at Hervey Bay Go Kart Track, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dundowran Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay holiday site .

Drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Great Sandy Straits Marina ©
Great Sandy Straits Marina
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Dundowran Beach ©
Dundowran Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, and explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online day trip planner .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hervey Bay in December since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
For shopping fun, head to Lions Airlie Beach Markets or Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Horseshoe Bay in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, and look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach visit planner .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseshoe Bay, Colour Me Crazy
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and Photography Tours. For shopping fun, head to Sunday Market Port Douglas or Funstuff by Lynda. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Photography Tours
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Rusty's Market and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Take a break from the city and head to Josephine Falls and Granite Gorge Nature Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Yungaburra (The Peterson Creek Walking Track & Platypus Viewing Platform) and Humpy Nut World (in Atherton). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, explore the galleries of Cairns Art Gallery, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Orchid Plaza.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Edge Hill, Yungaburra, Granite Gorge Nature Park, Babinda Boulders, Humpy Nut World
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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