22 days in Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Victoria & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cowes
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Shuttle + Fly:  11 h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at ArtVo and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Ballarat Wildlife Park and Lake Wendouree. Change things up with a short trip to Brighton Beach in Brighton (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier, get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Brighton Beach
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): find something for the whole family at A Maze'N Things, step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Woolamai Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Paterson Bay Beach, then learn about winemaking at Purple Hen Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cowes Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cowes travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Cowes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Paterson Bay Beach, Cape Woolamai Beach
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
A Maze'N Things ©
A Maze'N Things
Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, and then get great views at Loch Ard Gorge. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Port Campbell takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge and Kirra Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Greenmount Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Gold Coast takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), make a splash at Thrill Hill Waterslide, then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, then get your game on at Big Kart Track, and then admire the sheer force of Gardners Falls.

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You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gardners Falls, Big Kart Track, Thrill Hill Waterslide
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Gardners Falls ©
Gardners Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Cathedral Fig Tree in Yungaburra, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Mooloolaba to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mooloolaba in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cathedral Fig Tree, Ellis Beach, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Rex Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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