5 days in Queensland Itinerary

5 days in Queensland Itinerary

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5 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planning site .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

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You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Balloon Rides

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Geoffrey Bay, then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. November in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Transportation
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

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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 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Townsville online tour itinerary maker .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

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