12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
4
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), head outdoors with Horses in Port. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder tool.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Port Douglas at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 16th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and finally stroll through Myall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and make a splash at Cairns Wake park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
On the 21st (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, then take some stellar pictures from McCarthy's Lookout, and finally make a splash at Thrill Hill Waterslide. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, then make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba online trip maker.

You can fly from Cairns to Mooloolaba in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Mooloolaba reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

McCarthy's Lookout, Aqua Fun Park, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba 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 23rd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then try out the rides at Infinity Attraction.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gold Coast vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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