8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
+2
train + subway + Fly:  21​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Chandigarh

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner .

Chandigarh, India to Cairns is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Chandigarh to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
day
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hervey Bay, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast sightseeing planning site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Hervey Bay to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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