60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 5 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 5 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Longreach
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Longreach
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Mission Beach
— 4 nights
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Townsville
— 5 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast

— 5 nights
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 Natural Bridge and Burleigh Head National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Springbrook National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (City Botanic Gardens & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Centre, and kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Gold Coast online journey planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Gold Coast is 18 hours. In July, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Mount Coolum. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Point Cartwright. Change things up with these side-trips from Mooloolaba: Obi Boardwalk (in Maleny), Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ) (in Nambour) and Kondalilla Falls (in Montville). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, stroll through Bulcock Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, and get great views at Lows Lookout.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planning app.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hervey Bay

— 5 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Esplanade and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mon Repos Turtle Encounter and Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bundaberg (Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, Bundaberg Rum Distillery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, and admire the landmark architecture of Maryborough City Hall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay journey planner.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Eli Creek and Wanggoolba Creek.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. July in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Longreach

— 2 nights
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, then browse the exhibits of Outback Pics, and then take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Longreach and then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Longreach day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Longreach in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 6 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Agincourt Reef and Port Douglas Microlights. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online day trip planner.

You can fly from Longreach to Port Douglas in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in July, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 5 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Daintree Discovery Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Daintree National Park and Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Cow Bay Beach & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). There's still lots to do: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Tribulation vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Cairns

— 6 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 discover tucked-away gems like Atherton Tablelands and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Josephine Falls and Crystal Cascades. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 4 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mission Beach and Wallaman Falls. Get outdoors at Millaa Millaa Falls and Skydiving. Get out of town with these interesting Mission Beach side-trips: Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail), Ob la di (in Cardwell) and Rainforest Heart (in Millaa Millaa). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach vacation app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Townsville

— 5 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get outdoors at Castle Hill and Billabong Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Tropical Queensland and Jezzine Barracks. Step out of Townsville to go to Alligator Creek and see Alligator Falls Track, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, explore the galleries of Pinnacles Gallery, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville vacation website.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 5 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Bicentennial Walkway. Escape the urban bustle at Horseshoe Bay and Gloucester Island National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Grays Bay (in Bowen) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conway National Park, and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach attractions planner.

Drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Hamilton Island

— 4 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. Get outdoors at Hamilton Island Golf Club and Whitsunday Islands National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Passage Peak, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wild life Hamilton Island, head outdoors with Jetryder, and browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about 2 hours. August in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.