18 days in Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
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.
On the 1st (Tue), explore and take pictures at Castle Hill.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville journey planning website.

Sydney to Townsville is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Townsville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 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
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Birdworld Kuranda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Mission Beach (in Mission Beach). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Historic Village Herberton, Spas, Trinity Beach, Mission 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): get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Agincourt Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, look for gifts at With Sugar, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route app.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, and then view the masterpieces at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then stroll through Esplanade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: high temperatures in Hervey Bay hover around 31°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): head outdoors with The Pinnacles and then explore the activities along Eli Creek.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba online tour 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, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary planner.

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 in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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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