60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Townsville
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mission Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cairns
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Fraser Island
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Mooloolaba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Gold Coast
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catseye Beach and Passage Peak. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Golf Club. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island itinerary planning site .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In May, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseshoe Bay. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. On the 27th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Heart Reef, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
National Trust Heritage Centre and St James Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Billabong Sanctuary and Gondwana Rainforest will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Museum of Tropical Queensland, and don't miss a visit to Riverway.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Townsville vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Queensland
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 2:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

4
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Skydiving. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mission Beach and Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station. Explore Mission Beach's surroundings by going to Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Wallaman Falls (in Ingham). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Mamu Tropical Skywalk and take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mission Beach vacation planning site .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cardwell, Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Wallaman Falls, Paronella Park
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Curtain Fig National Park and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Atherton Tablelands and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Barron Falls). Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planner .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Curtain Fig National Park
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Daintree National Park and Daintree Discovery Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Grassy Hill (in Cooktown). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Black Mountain National Park, Bloomfield Waterfall, Grassy Hill
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

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 the less-touristy side of things at Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Get outdoors at Photography Tours and Safaris. Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Esplanade and Alexandra Park Zoo will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Mon Repos, & more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, stop by Mind, Body and Soul, make a trip to The Pier, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in June: high temperatures in Hervey Bay hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bundaberg
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos

6
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Central Station Rainforest and Champagne Pools. You'll get in some beach time at Eli Creek and Indian Head.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:
Highlights from your plan
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

4
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.
Get outdoors at Buderim Forest Park and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Visit Kings Beach and Marcoola Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Mooloolaba with an excursion to Kondalilla Falls in Montville--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Mount Coolum, tee off at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, and kick back and relax at Bulcock Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mount Coolum, Maroochydore Beach, HMAS Brisbane Lookout, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
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 off the beaten path and head to Greenmount Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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