13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland visit planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly
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Longreach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
+2
Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane

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Gold Coast

— 2 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at Touch Therapy Gold Coast, and get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

Make your Gold Coast itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Longreach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Longreach

— 2 nights
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Qantas Founders Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum. On the next day, look for gifts at Spinifex Collections and then see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Longreach sightseeing tool.

Getting from Gold Coast to Longreach by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Gold Coast in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Longreach: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cairns

— 5 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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, &more), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Spas (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Longreach to Cairns takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Longreach in September, with lows around 22°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 3 nights
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Fraser Island hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.