37 days in Queensland Itinerary

37 days in Queensland Itinerary

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37 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
8
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kirra Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Belongil Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Byron Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Cape Byron Lighthouse). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip website .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Byron Bay
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, then explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Noosa National Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Central Station Rainforest and Lake Birrabeen.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

3
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mon Repos and Burrum Heads Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and The Basin. There's lots more to do: stroll through Dundowran Beach, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and have some family-friendly fun at Hervey Bay Go Kart Track.

You can plan Hervey Bay trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 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 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, The Basin, Burrum Heads Beach, Mon Repos Turtle Encounter
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Dundowran Beach ©
Dundowran Beach
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

2
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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): head outdoors with Jetryder, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, and then perfect your strike at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in January, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

4
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.
Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grays Bay and Boathaven Beach. Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Cape Hillsborough National Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach and step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grays Bay, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip maker .

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, train, and ferry. In February in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

3
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.
Museum of Tropical Queensland and Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Billabong Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Strand, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, explore and take pictures at Castle Hill, and steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Townsville online trip maker .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Curtain Fig National Park and Crystal Cascades. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Crystal Caves and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Spend the 13th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns online day trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, The Crystal Caves, Crystal Cascades, Curtain Fig National Park, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Thornton Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cow Bay Beach and Myall Beach. Take a break from Cape Tribulation with a short trip to Finch Bay in Cooktown, about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

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Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Finch Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Opal Reef and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 20th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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