8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach and then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos and tourist information, read Gold Coast travel itinerary planner.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. March in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mooloolaba journey builder .

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mount Ninderry, Peregian Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Spend the 9th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns visit planner.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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