14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. On your second day here, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planner.

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Port Douglas to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cow Bay Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip builder .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. November in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones. On the next day, have fun at Muddy's Playground, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, then get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo, and then make a splash at Thrill Hill Waterslide. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then stroll through Kings Beach.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Caloundra road trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Caloundra can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Thrill Hill Waterslide, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Australia Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Aqua Park Bli Bli ©
Aqua Park Bli Bli

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, make a splash at Dreamworld, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, and meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast journey site .

You can drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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