36 days in Queensland Itinerary

36 days in Queensland Itinerary

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36 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Copenhagen

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Head National Park and Zipline. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to North Tamborine and see Glow Worm Caves, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online route planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Gold Coast. In December, Gold Coast is warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Kings Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Caloundra Lighthouses and Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. When in Mooloolaba, make a side trip to see Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Coolum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Mooloolaba trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mount Coolum, Buderim Forest Park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Eli Creek and Central Station Rainforest. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Get outdoors at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Burrum Heads Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mon Repos and Esplanade. Change things up with a short trip to Bundaberg Rum Distillery in Bundaberg (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: make a splash at WetSide Water Park, contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay route maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, Burrum Heads Beach
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Heart Reef. Get outdoors at Cumberland Charter Yachts and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Hervey Bay in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 8th (Tue), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island day trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In January in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

2
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.
On the 10th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then enjoy some diversion at Tobruk Memorial Baths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland and then identify plant and animal life at Little Crystal Creek.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville tour itinerary planning tool .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In January in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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 Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and With Sugar. Spend the 12th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Bloomfield Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Myall Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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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.
Kids will enjoy Michaelmas Cay and Atherton Tablelands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Bones and Jones. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 20th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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