60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Maleny
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Noosa
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
12
Townsville
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Manchester

6
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Ellis Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Annie's Ladies Boutique & Spas) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. In July, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Ellis Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Tribulation: Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Daintree (Daintree Tea & Photography Tours) and Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Cow Bay Beach). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's more to do: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation online tour itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Four Mile Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Wonga Beach in Wonga Beach--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Mowbray National Park, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then head outdoors with Spirit of the Outback Train, then steep yourself in history at Longreach, and finally explore the galleries of Outback Pics. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, then don't miss a visit to Wellshot Centre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Longreach trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, plan for little chillier nights in Longreach, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
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5
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfers Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Mount Coot-tha Lookout & South Bank Parklands). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Coolangatta Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and head outdoors with Pelican Feeding.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Longreach to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Longreach, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Visiting Glass House Mountains National Park and Kondalilla Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maleny: Mount Ngungun (in Glass House Mountains), Stony Creek Day-Use Recreation Area (in Woodford) and Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, get great views at McCarthy's Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Maleny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Glass House Mountains, Australia Zoo, Mapleton Observatory, Stony Creek Day-Use Recreation Area
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Glass House Mountains National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park ©
Kondalilla National Park
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Peregian Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and have some family-friendly fun at Laserzone Sunshine Coast.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Mount Coolum, Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get outdoors at Indian Head and K'gari.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa 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 up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Maryborough (Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary & Lenthalls Dam). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, visit the horses at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and let the kids burn off some steam at Point Dayman Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay holiday maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island takes 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 August, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Hydeaway Bay Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Grays Bay & Horseshoe Bay). Spend the 24th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Tours and stroll through Boathaven Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Hydeaway Bay Beach
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Strand. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill, cruise along Great Tropical Drive, and take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect nights in Townsville to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Copperfield Gorge
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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