14 days in Queensland Itinerary

14 days in Queensland Itinerary

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14 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Perth

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 Belongil Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Byron Bay (The Byron Bay Book Exchange & Cape Byron Walking Track). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planner.

Perth to Gold Coast is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Gold Coast. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 20th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gold Coast in July since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. July in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

1
night
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 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill, and then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Townsville attractions planner.

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, you will find days in Townsville are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are a bit cooler (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and then identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Photography Tours
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Spas

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