57 days in Queensland Itinerary

57 days in Queensland Itinerary

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57 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 8 nights
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 8 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Gold Coast
— 6 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: London

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 8th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, choose your vessel at Boab Boat Cairns, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Crystal Cascades, Barron Gorge National Park
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Grassy Hill (in Cooktown), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Grassy Hill, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

8
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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Mowbray National Park. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge, Mossman Golf Club
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at The Strand, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, identify plant and animal life at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Townsville planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Townsville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Townsville when traveling from Port Douglas in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Queensland
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Airlie Beach to Hayman Island to see Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island about 46 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 2nd (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's lots more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, and head outdoors with Jetryder.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Flying High Bird Sanctuary (in Apple Tree Creek) and Childers (Figtree Treasures & Snakes Downunder Reptile Park). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Woodgate Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Hervey Bay, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Childers, Burrum Heads Beach, Woodgate Beach, Flying High Bird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Indian Head, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Waddy Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Mooloolaba (Sea Life Sunshine Coast & Mooloolaba Beach) and Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, get your game on at Skirmish Sunshine Coast Outdoor Paintball, meet the residents at Australia Zoo, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Skirmish Sunshine Coast Outdoor Paintball, Conondale National Park, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 24:
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

6
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 find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

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

Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

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