55 days in Queensland Itinerary

55 days in Queensland Itinerary

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55 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Cooktown
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Mission Beach
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
9
Townsville
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
10
Longreach
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 45​min
11
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Do your shopping at Whitsunday Opals and Beach Book Boutique. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseshoe Bay and Smalleys Beach. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Bowen and see Grays Bay, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 12th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Heart Reef, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip builder app .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 26°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Smalleys Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Take a break from the city and head to Catseye Beach and Jetryder. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamilton Island Golf Club and Wild life Hamilton Island. Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island holiday builder site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Spas & Wellness

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Historic Village Herberton. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), The Crystal Caves (in Atherton) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Wooroonooran National Park, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Hamilton Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, The Crystal Caves, Wooroonooran National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

4
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Finch Bay and Black Mountain National Park. Get some historical perspective at Grassy Hill and Cooktown War Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park in Laura (about 1h 55 min away). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Mount Cook National Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Alkoomie Station.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cooktown trip builder website .

Drive from Cairns to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Black Mountain National Park, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Daintree National Park and Thornton Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall, Thornton Beach
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Opal Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Mount Lewis National Park in Julatten, approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. Spend the 2nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Agincourt Reef, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mount Lewis National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Safaris

4
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Get in touch with nature at Mission Beach and Murray Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Murdering Point Winery and Mission Arts. Explore Mission Beach's surroundings by going to Millaa Millaa (Millaa Millaa Falls & Rainforest Heart). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's much more to do: stop by The Pocket, take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip planning website .

Drive from Port Douglas to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa, Murray Falls, Fruit Forest Farm, Murdering Point Winery, The Pocket
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving
Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Big Mama Sailing and Pilgrim Sailing. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Geoffrey Bay and West Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Billabong Sanctuary and Bowling Green Bay National Park. Get in touch with nature at Paluma Range National Park and The Strand. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Townsville online trip itinerary planner .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In September, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Paluma Range National Park
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Paluma Range National Park ©
Paluma Range National Park
The Strand ©
The Strand

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics, and finally explore the activities along Lake Eyre Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Longreach, then explore the galleries of Longreach Powerhouse Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Camden Park Station, and finally look for gifts at Spinifex Collections.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Longreach travel route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Longreach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Longreach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Longreach

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Longreach
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Camden Park Station ©
Camden Park Station
Longreach Powerhouse Museum ©
Longreach Powerhouse Museum

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Step off the beaten path and head to Eli Creek and Central Station Rainforest.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Longreach to Fraser Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peregian Beach and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Mooloolaba Beach), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Barnacles Dolphin Centre (in Tin Can Bay). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, explore the activities along Searys Creek, explore the striking landscape of Tewantin National Park, and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Nambour, Rainbow Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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.
Relax by the water at Kirra Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, stroll through Greenmount Beach, revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online trip maker .

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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