58 days in Queensland Itinerary

58 days in Queensland Itinerary

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58 days in Queensland Itinerary

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore and learn at Proserpine Museum and Into The Blue Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Cape Hillsborough National Park (in Cape Hillsborough) and Horseshoe Bay (in Bowen). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker .

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Horseshoe Bay, Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Explore hidden gems such as Castle Hill and Douglas Mountain Bike Reserve. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, hike along Alligator Falls Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge, and contemplate the long history of Kissing Point Fort.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville travel route planning tool .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Alligator Falls Track, Copperfield Gorge
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: The Crystal Caves (in Atherton), Wrights Lookout (in Kuranda) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, take a memorable tour with Tours, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wrights Lookout, Red Arrow Walk, Spy & Camera Museum, The Crystal Caves, Ellis Beach
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

4
nights
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Dubuji Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cooktown (Great Northern Tours & Cooktown History Centre). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, stroll through Myall Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooktown, Photography Tours, Daintree Discovery Centre, Bloomfield Waterfall, Black Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Photography Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at Port Douglas Court House Museum and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Mount Lewis National Park. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Tranquility Falls in Daintree, approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get outside with Horses in Port, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Mount Lewis National Park, Tranquility Falls, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Bond Store Museum and Palace Backpackers Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Turtle Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hervey Bay: Woodgate Beach (in Bundaberg), Barolin Rocks (in Bargara) and Brierley Wines (in Childers). There's still lots to do: tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park, and contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, things will get a bit cooler in Hervey Bay: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Childers, Bargara, Woodgate Beach
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Central Station Rainforest and Lake McKenzie. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Buderim Forest Park and Peregian Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Maroochydore Beach and Noosa Main Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Queensland Air Museum) and Mooloolaba (HMAS Brisbane & Point Cartwright). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ngungun, shop like a local with Underground Surf, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa online day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park, Maroochydore Beach, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Workshops Rail Museum and Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Get outdoors at St Helena Island National Park and Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at D'Aguilar National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), grab your bike and head to Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Daisy Hill Conservation Park, The Workshops Rail Museum, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:
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Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

8
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.
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lennox Head Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay) and Tamborine Mountain (Tamborine Mountain Distillery & Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Tamborine Mountain, Zentveld's Coffee, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 24 — Sep 1:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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