18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Townsville
— 1 night
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Castle Hill.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville journey maker app .

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Townsville hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mission Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Spas, Mission Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Photography Tours
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Photography Tours
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and stop by With Sugar.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas vacation maker .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Safaris

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the waterfront at The Pier, and then view the masterpieces at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then grab your bike and head to Esplanade.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Hervey Bay at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with The Pinnacles and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 3.5 hours. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

Plan a Mooloolaba trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mount Ninderry
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast day trip site .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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