15 days in Queensland Itinerary

15 days in Queensland Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning site .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Ninderry
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, then get outside with The Pinnacles, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Church and Bell Tower, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then grab your bike and head to Esplanade. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hervey Bay driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. December in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

St Paul's Church and Bell Tower
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in December, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atherton Tablelands and Birdworld Kuranda. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Wrights Lookout). The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Shark Diving

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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