58 days in Queensland Itinerary

58 days in Queensland Itinerary

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Start: Mackay
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Airlie Beach
— 6 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Toowoomba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Mooloolaba
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
12
Fraser Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Mackay

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout & Horseshoe Bay). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Heart Reef, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation planner.

Mackay to Airlie Beach is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sports Club. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, get outside with Jetryder, and browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. December in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Josephine Falls and St Monica's Cathedral. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra) and Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday app.

Fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mareeba, Curtain Fig National Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Marrdja Botanical Walk. Explore Cape Tribulation's surroundings by going to Daintree (Photography Tours & Daintree Tea) and Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Photography Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and Opal Reef. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Jezzine Barracks. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Riverway, explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowling Green Bay National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Riverway ©
Riverway

4
nights
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Explore hidden gems such as Japanese Gardens USQ QLD and DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum. Step out of Toowoomba with an excursion to Somerset Dam in Somerset Dam--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Cobb+Co Museum, stop by Tosari Galleries, brush up on your military savvy at Milne Bay Military Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Highfields Pioneer Village.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Toowoomba trip website.

Fly from Townsville to Toowoomba in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Toowoomba, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highfields, Somerset Dam
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Queens Park Botanic Gardens ©
Queens Park Botanic Gardens
Japanese Gardens USQ QLD ©
Japanese Gardens USQ QLD
Cobb+Co Museum ©
Cobb+Co Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Kingscliff to see Watersports Guru about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Toowoomba to Gold Coast takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Toowoomba in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New Farm Park and Opal Museum. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Queens Park in Ipswich--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at D'Aguilar National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kedron Brook Bikeway, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and go for a walk through New Farm River Walk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip builder.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Queens Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
New Farm Park ©
New Farm Park

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and The Original Eumundi Markets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mooloolaba: Maleny (McCarthy's Lookout & Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World), Kondalilla National Park (in Montville) and Kenilworth (Conondale National Park & Kenilworth Dairies). The adventure continues: get your game on at SunJet Simulations, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, stroll around Mapleton Falls National Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Kenilworth, Yandina, Marcoola Beach, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations

4
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Esplanade and Mon Repos Turtle Express. Venture out of the city with trips to Palace Backpackers Memorial (in Childers) and Hummock Lookout (in Bundaberg). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, have fun and explore at Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maryborough, Bundaberg, Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum ©
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum

6
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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