15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cow Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
days
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary planning website .

Melbourne to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
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2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour builder app .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach
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Michaelmas Cay
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Palm Cove Beach

2
days
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then look for gifts at Coffee Works, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
days
Cow Bay

Cow Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cow Bay travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cow Bay takes 1.5 hours. April in Cow Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cow Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
days
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Glow Worm Caves. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Whian Whian State Conservation Area (in Whian Whian) and Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cow Bay to Gold Coast. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cow Bay in April: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Glow Worm Caves, Tropical Fruit World
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
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Kirra Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
days
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 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, then look for gifts at Belmondos Organic Market, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Belmondos Organic Market, Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Botanic Gardens
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach
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Buderim Forest Park

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