7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Austin
+2
Fly + foot + train:  22​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Austin

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gold Coast trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Austin, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 16 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, expect nights in Gold Coast to be warmer, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Podie Pie, identify plant and animal life at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mooloolaba online sightseeing 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 December in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kings Beach, Mount Ninderry, Podie Pie
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns vacation builder site .

Fly from Mooloolaba to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mooloolaba in December: highs in Cairns hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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