32 days in Queensland Itinerary

32 days in Queensland Itinerary

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32 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Shuttle:  25 h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Bundaberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 30 min
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  26 h
End: Manchester

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atherton Tablelands and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Samurai Gallery Australia and Bones and Jones are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Mission Beach (Mission Beach & Helen Wiltshire Gallery), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Birdworld Kuranda). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the world behind art at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mission Beach, Kuranda, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Spas

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catseye Beach and Passage Peak. The adventure continues: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

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

3
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Get a sense of the local culture at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mon Repos Turtle Encounter and Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, get to know the resident critters at Alexandra Park Zoo, and relax in the rural setting at Tinaberries.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bundaberg trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Bundaberg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bundaberg, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits
Highlights from your plan
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip website .

You can drive from Bundaberg to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Maroochydore Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mooloolaba side-trips: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, get your game on at SunJet Simulations, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sunshine Coast Brewery.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba tour itinerary app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Mooloolaba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In January in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Mount Coolum, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Noosa Chocolate Factory, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and stroll around James Overall Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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 17th (Fri): examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Longreach sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Longreach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in January; daily highs in Longreach reach 44°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums

Side Trip

Langenbaker House
Highlights from your plan
QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Langenbaker House ©
Langenbaker House

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree National Park and Daintree Entomological museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree (Photography Tours & Tranquility Falls) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Longreach to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Longreach in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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