59 days in Queensland Itinerary

59 days in Queensland Itinerary

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59 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 9 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Carnarvon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
3
Longreach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Winton
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Atherton
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
11
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Mooloolaba
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney

9
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 discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Suncorp Stadium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens, City Hall, & more). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Timezone Surfers Paradise, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and putt your heart out at Putt Putt Mermaid Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast itinerary tool .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carnarvon National Park.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 26:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
day
Carnarvon National Park

Carnarvon National Park
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Carnarvon Gorge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carnarvon National Park trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Carnarvon National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Carnarvon National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

2
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Step off the beaten path and head to QANTAS Founders Museum and Longreach. Step out of Longreach with an excursion to Wellshot Centre in Ilfracombe--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, make a trip to Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout, get outside with Spirit of the Outback Train, and take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics.

You can plan Longreach trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Carnarvon National Park to Longreach takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Longreach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Winton.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Wellshot Centre, Longreach
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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3
nights
Winton

Winton ©
Winton is a town and locality in the Shire of Winton in Central West Queensland, Australia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Qantilda Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Waltzing Matilda Centre, have some family-friendly fun at Ben's Chicken Stampede, don't miss a visit to Arno's Wall, and learn more about the world around you at Corfield & Fitzmaurice General Merchants.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Winton trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Longreach to Winton takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Winton

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Australian Age of Dinosaurs ©
Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Waltzing Matilda Centre ©
Waltzing Matilda Centre
Arno's Wall ©
Arno's Wall

4
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Winton to Magnetic Island with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Balding Bay ©
Balding Bay
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

5
nights
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and Curtain Fig National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Atherton side-trips: Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park), Millaa Millaa (Zillie Falls & Millaa Millaa Falls) and Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, admire the sheer force of Malanda Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Cathedral Fig Tree, and learn more about the world around you at The Crystal Caves.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Atherton trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magnetic Island to Atherton. In August in Atherton, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Millaa Millaa, Mareeba, Malanda Falls, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
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Millaa Millaa Falls ©
Millaa Millaa Falls
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour ©
The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Cooktown (Great Northern Tours, Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation attractions tool .

You can drive from Atherton to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cooktown
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Agincourt Reef. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree Station (in Whyanbeel), Australian Muster Experience (in Mossman) and Mount Lewis National Park (in Julatten). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, and get outside with Horses in Port.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree Station, Photography Tours, Australian Muster Experience, Mount Lewis National Park, Jindalba Boardwalk
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 22:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muddy's Playground and Atherton Tablelands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 29:
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Balloon Rides
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Passage Peak. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mooloolaba Beach and Mount Coolum. Explore Mooloolaba's surroundings by going to Mount Ninderry (in Yandina), Kondalilla Falls (in Montville) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Mooloolaba fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park, The Original Eumundi Markets
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

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