17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip planner

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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Moreton Island
— 1 night
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Caloundra
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 3 nights
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Montville
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach and then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Witches Falls Winery and then indulge your taste buds at Cork 'n Fork Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Moreton Island

— 1 night

Gem of the South

Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tangalooma Wrecks, step off the mainland to explore Moreton Island, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Moreton Island trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Moreton Island in 3.5 hours. In April in Moreton Island, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Caloundra

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours and Caloundra Lighthouses. We've included these beaches for you: Kings Beach and Dicky Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Caloundra vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Moreton Island to Caloundra takes 4 hours. April in Caloundra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Caloundra

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Noosa

— 3 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours and Hastings Street. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, take an in-depth tour of Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Noosa Regional gallery, and explore the galleries of Artisans Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa journey maker site.

Drive from Caloundra to Noosa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montville.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Montville

— 1 night
Montville is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range in Queensland, Australia, around 400 metres above sea level. On the 10th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, explore the galleries of Montville Art Gallery, then sample some tasty brews at Mystic Mountain Tours, and finally examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montville itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Montville in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Montville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Montville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then wander the streets of Wynnum Esplanade. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Opal Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then see the interesting displays at Qld MotorSport Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane visit planner.

Traveling by car from Montville to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Whitsunday Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Cairns

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Ngarru Gallery). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and trek along Wrights Lookout.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip planner.

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.

Whitsunday Islands travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.