60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
1
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Townsville
— 5 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
6
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  9 h
7
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
8
Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Melbourne

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Tranquility Falls & Elizas Gallery) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel route planning tool .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Port Douglas is much hotter than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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.
Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, kick back and relax at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation day trip site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Barron Gorge National Park, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest, explore the galleries of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Townsville tour itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Alligator Falls Track
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island), The Leichhardt Tree (in Mackay) and Grays Bay (in Bowen). There's lots more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackay, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Daydream Island Living Reef, Grays Bay
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Passage Peak, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and get your game on at Sports Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, visit a coastal fixture at Sandy Cape Lighthouse, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and make a trip to K'gari.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Coolum Beach (Oz Ski Resort, Mount Coolum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum.

You can plan Noosa trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eumundi, Coolum Beach, Caloundra, Warana, SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maleny: Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Mooloolaba Beach), Nambour (Nambour & District Historical Museum Assoc. In. & Podie Pie) and HMAS Brisbane Lookout (in Alexandra Headland). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ngungun, learn about winemaking at Maleny Mountain Wines, and relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Maleny tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Maleny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Maleny are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nambour, Mooloolaba, Montville, HMAS Brisbane Lookout, Mount Ngungun
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

6
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip website .

Traveling by car from Maleny to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Wynnum Esplanade, Qld MotorSport Museum
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, explore the striking landscape of Springbrook National Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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