8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Melbourne to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

1
day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then kick back and relax at Finch Bay, and finally explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park.

Before you visit Cooktown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Cooktown with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Longreach road trip website .

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 a bit cooler nights in Longreach, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums

Side Trip

Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum
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1
night
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 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Longreach to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Longreach, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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