17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
2
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planning tool .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): meet the residents at Australia Zoo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a splash at Thrill Hill Waterslide. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Peregian Beach, then cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and then have some family-friendly fun at Big Kart Track.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Caloundra online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Caloundra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Caloundra are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Big Kart Track, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Caloundra to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Brisbane are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Aquarium will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cool off at Cairns Wake park, enjoy some diversion at Figtree Playground, and kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Myall Beach, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

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Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

3
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.
Attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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