32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

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32 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
Fly:  8​h
1
Brisbane
— 7 nights
Train, Taxis:  3​h
2
Marcoola
— 4 nights
Taxis, Train:  3​h
3
Gladstone
— 4 nights
train:  6​h
4
Mackay
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
5
Townsville
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dunedin

7
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroochy River Conservation Park. Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Oxenford to see Warner Bros. Movie World about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane journey builder .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Marcoola.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maroochy River Conservation Park, Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

4
nights
Marcoola

Marcoola ©
Marcoola is known for beaches, adventure, spas, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and try out the rides at Aqua Park Bli Bli.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marcoola itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Marcoola takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Marcoola can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gladstone.

Things to do in Marcoola

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Yandina, Bli Bli, Aqua Fun Park, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
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The Ginger Factory ©
The Ginger Factory
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

4
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gladstone: Agnes Water (Paperbark Forest Walk & 1770 Distillery), Koorana Crocodile Farm (in Coowonga) and Rockhampton (Kershaw Gardens, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, & more). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, and go for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gladstone driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Marcoola to Gladstone. Traveling from Marcoola in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Gladstone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rockhampton, Bluff Point Walking Track, Paperbark Forest Walk, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Singing Ship
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Round Hill Lookout ©
Round Hill Lookout
Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackay: Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton), Broken River (in Eungella) and Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, stop by Let the Children Play Toyshop, and make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay planner .

You can drive from Gladstone to Mackay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Broken River, Finch Hatton Gorge
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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

4
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.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at The Strand, make a trip to Riverway, admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville, and browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Townsville. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Four Mile Beach. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning tool .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Port Douglas
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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