7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Crystal Cascades and Michaelmas Cay. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Barrine (in Yungaburra) and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton). There's more to do: stop by Cairns Art Gallery and enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online travel planner .

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Historic Village Herberton, Lake Barrine, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Lake Barrine ©
Lake Barrine

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shorncliffe Beach and Tugun Beach. For shopping fun, head to Miami Marketta or Marina Mirage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Pat Morton Lookout (in Lennox Head), Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at The Rockpools, get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online tour planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shorncliffe Beach, Pat Morton Lookout, Moffat Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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