8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

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8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h
1
Gold Coast
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Eumundi
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

few
hours
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the galleries of Anthea Polson Art and then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planning app .

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Eumundi.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping Museums
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

1
night
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): browse the exhibits of Artisans Gallery, then stop by Berkelouw Book Barn, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Eumundi trip planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Eumundi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Eumundi

Shopping Museums
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Artisans Gallery ©
Artisans Gallery

3
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Head to Village Gallery and Stockland Cairns Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Eumundi to Cairns takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Funstuff by Lynda. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, browse the fresh offerings at Mossman Saturday Market, and browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Saturday Market
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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