60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Longreach
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Mission Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Yungaburra
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  28​h
End: Bristol

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at KickArts Contemporary Arts and Underart Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Birdworld Kuranda. Venture out of the city with trips to Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Barron Falls, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bristol to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Crystal Cascades, Spas, Trinity Beach, Babinda Boulders
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

2
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at QANTAS Founders Museum and Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum and Langenbaker House. Step out of Longreach with an excursion to Wellshot Centre in Ilfracombe--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Spirit of the Outback Train, browse the exhibits of Outback Pics, steep yourself in history at Longreach, and make a trip to Captain Starlight of Starlight's Lookout.

Find out how to plan Longreach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Cairns to Longreach by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Longreach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Langenbaker House ©
Langenbaker House

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenmount Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens, Wheel of Brisbane, & more). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, stop by Miami Marketta, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Longreach to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in August, you will find days in Gold Coast are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Buderim Forest Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Maroochydore Beach and Kings Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Mooloolaba: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba route planner.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Mount Coolum, Kings Beach
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Central Station Rainforest and Lake McKenzie. You'll get in some beach time at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

7
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Escape the urban bustle at Esplanade and Poona National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum and Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Venture out of the city with trips to Bundaberg (Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Mon Repos, & more), Mt Walsh National Park (in Biggenden) and Coral Cove Resort Golf Club (in Coral Cove). There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the exciting artwork at Elfotography Hervey Bay, appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, and make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Coral Cove Resort Golf Club, Mary Poppins Statue, Poona National Park, Mt Walsh National Park
Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 2:
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

3
nights
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 Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. The adventure continues: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island vacation maker app .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Hamilton Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

6
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Horseshoe Bay and Queens Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Gloucester Island National Park (in Hydeaway Bay), Ball Bay Beach (in Ball Bay) and The Big Mango (in Bowen). There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cedar Creek Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach journey maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Gloucester Island National Park, Cedar Creek Falls, Ball Bay Beach
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Mission Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wallaman Falls and Kurrimine Beach National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mission Beach side-trips: Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park (in Innisfail), Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park (in Cardwell) and TYTO Parklands (in Ingham). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's much more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, explore the striking landscape at Tully Gorge National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip planning website .

Drive from Airlie Beach to Mission Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yungaburra.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ingham, Kurrimine Beach National Park, Tully Gorge National Park, Johnstone River Crocodile & Animal Park, Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 17:
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Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

4
nights
Yungaburra

Yungaburra ©
Yungaburra is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia, not far from Cairns. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park and Millaa Millaa Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Artistree Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Granite Gorge Nature Park in Mareeba (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Fig Tree, get a new perspective on nature at The Crystal Caves, don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, and admire the sheer force of Malanda Falls.

To plan Yungaburra vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Mission Beach to Yungaburra by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yungaburra can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Yungaburra

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Granite Gorge Nature Park, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park, The Crystal Caves, Malanda Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

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.
James Cook Museum and Daintree Discovery Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dubuji Boardwalk and Grassy Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Floravilla Ice Cream Factory (in Daintree) and Cooktown (Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery & Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bloomfield River.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation planning app .

Traveling by car from Yungaburra to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. In September in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cooktown, Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Bloomfield River
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Opal Reef and Photography Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Opalbar (in Mount Molloy) and Mount Lewis National Park (in Julatten). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get outside with Horses in Port.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Mount Lewis National Park, Opalbar
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Photography Tours
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mount Lewis National Park ©
Mount Lewis National Park

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