12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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The Caves
— 1 night
Drive to Rockhampton Airport, Fly to Perth International Airport

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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Billy Tea Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 15th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip site.

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and Ngarru Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or 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 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Hamilton Island

— 1 night
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get outside with Jetryder, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
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 21st (Thu): get great views at Lows Lookout, explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach.

Plan my trip to Mooloolaba with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Mooloolaba by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mooloolaba when traveling from Hamilton Island in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the activities along Eli Creek, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Beaches

Hervey Bay

— 1 night
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 24th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, see majestic marine mammals with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to The Caves.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Wildlife

The Caves

— 1 night
On the 25th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the The Caves trip maker website.

Drive from Hervey Bay to The Caves in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in The Caves

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.