31 days in Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
3
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
5
Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
8
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brighton Beach and Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Appreciate the collections at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Immigration Museum. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong), Wine Compass (in Mt Martha) and WaterMaarq (in Sorrento). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Melbourne. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Newhaven, St. Kilda Beach, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Wine Compass, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
WaterMaarq ©
WaterMaarq
Wine Compass ©
Wine Compass

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Greenmount Beach. Relax by the water at Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms, and stroll through Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Gold Coast is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 11th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroochydore Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba itinerary tool.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

4
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blue Dolphin Marine Tours and Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Esplanade and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hervey Bay: Bundaberg (Bundaberg Botanic Gardens & Bundaberg Rum Distillery). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Pier, take in nature's colorful creations at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, and make a splash at WetSide Water Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hervey Bay trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Bundaberg
Highlights from your plan
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours ©
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum ©
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Billy Tea Safaris and Atherton Tablelands. Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cairns, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Spas, Lake Barrine
Highlights from your plan
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Billy Tea Safaris ©
Billy Tea Safaris

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Ocean Safari, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Safari ©
Ocean Safari
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours ©
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Reef Sprinter and Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures. Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. There's more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures ©
Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Helicopter Tours and Bicentennial Walkway. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari ©
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari
Spas

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