9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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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 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast route planner.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Gold Coast to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 6th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. July in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary website .

Getting from Fraser Island to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fraser Island in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Spend a day outdoors on the 11th (Thu) with Bike Shop & Hire. There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by With Sugar.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Bike Shop & Hire ©
Bike Shop & Hire
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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