57 days in Queensland Itinerary

57 days in Queensland Itinerary

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57 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and make a trip to Elephant Rock.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tropical Fruit World, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like City Botanic Gardens and Suncorp Stadium. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with FlyWaco, then examine the collection at Queensland Air Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, and finally look for gifts at MaisyMoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Caloundra travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Caloundra can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

5
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.
Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Maroochydore Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carlo Sand Blow and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mooloolaba: Kondalilla Falls (in Montville), Hastings Street (in Noosa) and Noosa River (in Noosaville). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, play a few rounds at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, tour the water at your own pace with Top Catch Charters, and make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba travel planner .

Mooloolaba is very close to Caloundra. August in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Noosa, Coolum Beach, Kondalilla Falls, Maroochydore Beach, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Esplanade and Burrum Heads Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum and Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hervey Bay: Fraser Island (Maheno Wreck & Central Station Rainforest), Maryborough Family Heritage Institute (in Maryborough) and Mt Walsh National Park (in Biggenden). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, and take in the waterfront at The Pier.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Maryborough, Fraser Island, Burrum Heads Beach, Mt Walsh National Park
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Eyre Basin and Spirit of the Outback Train. Step out of Longreach to go to Ilfracombe and see Langenbaker House, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, contemplate the long history of Longreach Powerhouse Museum, look for gifts at Spinifex Collections, and explore the galleries of Outback Pics.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Longreach tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Longreach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Longreach can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Langenbaker House ©
Langenbaker House

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Castle Hill and Little Crystal Creek. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Take a break from Townsville with a short trip to Orpheus Island National Park in Orpheus Island, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, kick back and relax at The Strand, and don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To find out how to plan a trip to Townsville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Longreach to Townsville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Longreach in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Townsville, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Orpheus Island National Park
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Orpheus Island National Park ©
Orpheus Island National Park

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Geoffrey Bay and West Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Big Mama Sailing and Pilgrim Sailing.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip itinerary maker website .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

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

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 3rd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Grassy Hill, then contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cooktown day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magnetic Island to Cooktown. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown War Memorial ©
Cooktown War Memorial

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Thornton Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

6
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef. Museum-lovers will appreciate Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Ngarru Gallery. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Mount Lewis National Park in Julatten, approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Mount Lewis National Park, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mount Lewis National Park ©
Mount Lewis National Park
Mowbray National Park ©
Mowbray National Park

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Samurai Gallery Australia and Bones and Jones will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Palm Cove). Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, take a memorable tour with Tours, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 20:
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseshoe Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. We've included these beaches for you: Grays Bay and Whitehaven Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: The Big Mango (in Bowen), Finch Hatton Gorge (in Finch Hatton) and Smalleys Beach (in Cape Hillsborough). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography, explore the striking landscape of Conway National Park, and tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in September: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Smalleys Beach, Finch Hatton Gorge, Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island, Hydeaway Bay Beach
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 27:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

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