57 days in Queensland Itinerary

57 days in Queensland Itinerary

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57 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Mackay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bowen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Yeppoon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Bundaberg
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  1​h
12
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Bribie Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
15
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
16
Ballandean
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
17
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

5
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 Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Australian Leather Company. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning tool .

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perth to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get outdoors at Opal Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Agincourt Reef. Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Safaris

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Great Northern Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Finch Bay (in Cooktown) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout.

Start your trip to Cape Tribulation by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. May in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Cooktown
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Broken River and Finch Hatton Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Smalleys Beach and Bucasia Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackay: Forest Flying (in Finch Hatton) and Cape Palmerston National Park (in Ilbilbie). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Town Beach, look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space, and take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay day trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Mackay. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in May, with highs in Mackay at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Finch Hatton, Broken River, Cape Palmerston National Park, Smalleys Beach
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Palmerston National Park ©
Cape Palmerston National Park
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitehaven Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Heart Reef. There's much more to do: stroll through Boathaven Beach, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and take a tour by water with Whitsunday Boat Hire.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. May in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
nights
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, stroll through Grays Bay, then make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queens Beach, then enjoy some diversion at Bowen Water Park Playground, and then kick back and relax at Hydeaway Bay Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bowen attractions app .

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Bowen takes an hour. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, Bowen is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hydeaway Bay Beach
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout
Mother Beddock Rock ©
Mother Beddock Rock

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Billabong Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Street Art CBD Walking Trails. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Townsville travel planning website .

You can drive from Bowen to Townsville in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre, meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Archer National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Rockhampton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Rockhampton. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Mount Archer National Park ©
Mount Archer National Park

3
nights
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Byfield National Park and Yeppoon Lagoon. Visit Farnborough Beach and Yeppoon Main Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Yeppoon's surroundings by going to Byfield (Stony Creek & Five Rocks). There's more to do: ponder the design of Keppel Kraken and get great views at Wreck Point Scenic Lookout.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yeppoon tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Rockhampton to Yeppoon by car takes about an hour. In May, daytime highs in Yeppoon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Byfield
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Byfield National Park ©
Byfield National Park
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, stroll through Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinnaker Park, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gladstone trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Gladstone takes 2 hours. June in Gladstone sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park
Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mon Repos and Flying High Bird Sanctuary. Kids will enjoy Woodgate Beach and Mon Repos Turtle Express. Go for a jaunt from Bundaberg to Childers to see Brierley Wines about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alexandra Park, and get great views at Hummock Lookout.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bundaberg trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Bundaberg takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gladstone in June since evenings lows in Bundaberg dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Flying High Bird Sanctuary, Brierley Wines
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Flying High Bird Sanctuary ©
Flying High Bird Sanctuary

3
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Esplanade and Dundowran Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and WetSide Water Park. Step out of Hervey Bay to go to Maryborough and see Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, and appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Family-friendly places like Peregian Beach and Kings Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Maroochydore Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Montville (Kondalilla Falls & Montville Art Gallery), Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Mooloolaba Beach). The adventure continues: hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa journey builder website .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Montville, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Relax by the water at Sylvan Beach and Bongaree Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Woorim Beach and Red Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island online journey planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Bribie Island in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Bribie Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Golf Club ©
Bribie Island Golf Club
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park ©
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Eli Creek and Champagne Pools. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island route planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Bribie Island to Fraser Island with the Route module. June in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

3
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Escape the urban bustle at Girraween National Park and Granite Belt Christmas Farm. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Granite Belt and Lawdogs Australia. When in Ballandean, make a side trip to see Truffle Discovery Centre Stanthorpe in The Summit, approximately 42 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ballandean trip tool .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Ballandean in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Ballandean

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Stanthorpe, Wyberba, Suttons Juice Factory
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Lawdogs Australia ©
Lawdogs Australia
Suttons Juice Factory ©
Suttons Juice Factory

4
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 Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ballandean to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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