12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 15​min
5
Mooloolaba
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then stroll through Catseye Beach.

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Melbourne to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you will find days in Hamilton Island are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Trinity Beach and Spas & Wellness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more). Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agincourt Reef and Daintree National Park. Spend the 6th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Longreach.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Longreach travel app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Longreach, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longreach
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1
day
Mooloolaba

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 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Longreach to Mooloolaba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Longreach, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mooloolaba, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kings Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
On the 11th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip tool .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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