16 days in Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
7
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and have some family-friendly fun at Timezone Surfers Paradise.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning app .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Mooloolaba are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Coolum
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 25th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island road trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

3
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum and The Pier. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Esplanade, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. September in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Maryborough City Hall
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 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Historic Village Herberton and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Muddy's Playground. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Malanda Falls (in Malanda), Port Douglas (Horses in Port & Agincourt Reef) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's still lots to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning website .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Malanda Falls, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Photography Tours
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart, then don't miss a visit to Riverway, and then browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online travel route planner .

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Longreach road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Longreach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Townsville in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Longreach, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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