60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Longreach
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 7 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Noosa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Ballandean
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Newcastle

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 Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and Langenbaker House. QANTAS Founders Museum and Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Camden Park Station and explore the galleries of Outback Pics.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Longreach road trip tool .

Newcastle to Longreach is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newcastle in March: high temperatures in Longreach hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ilfracombe
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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4
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.
Visiting Opal Reef and Mowbray National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Agincourt Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Photography Tours). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Longreach to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Longreach in March: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grassy Hill and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and James Cook Museum (in Cooktown). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cooktown, Bloomfield Waterfall, Black Mountain National Park, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Balloon Rides. Explore hidden gems such as Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Herberton (Spy & Camera Museum & Historic Village Herberton), Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio (in Tolga) and Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, make a trip to Freshwater Station, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour builder website .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Herberton, Babinda Boulders, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 15:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Mama Sailing and Geoffrey Bay. Get some cultural insight at Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Magnetic Island Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. April in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseshoe Bay and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Grays Bay (in Bowen) and Hydeaway Bay Beach (in Hydeaway Bay). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in April, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bowen, Hydeaway Bay Beach
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 25:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get in touch with nature at Catseye Beach and Jetryder. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Passage Peak. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island visit site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Visiting Woorim Beach and Bongaree Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sylvan Beach and Red Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bribie Island tour itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Bribie Island. Traveling from Hamilton Island in April, Bribie Island is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
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BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

5
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peregian Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Montville (Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith & Kondalilla Falls). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, admire all the interesting features of Noosa Horses, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, and hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa online 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Montville, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay May 7 — 13:
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, kick back and relax at Rainbow Bay, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 13 — 20:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

6
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Girraween National Park and Tobin Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Balancing Rock Wines and Girraween Estate Vineyard & Cellar Door. Go for a jaunt from Ballandean to Stanthorpe to see Stanthorpe Pottery club about 30 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ballandean travel route planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Ballandean in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballandean

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanthorpe, Wyberba, Mountview Winery, Savina Lane Wines
Find places to stay May 20 — 26:
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park
Lawdogs Australia ©
Lawdogs Australia
The Granite Belt ©
The Granite Belt

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