5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Robina Town Shopping Centre ©
Robina Town Shopping Centre

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak. On your second day here, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in May: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Scuba & Snorkeling

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