31 days in Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

31 days in Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 6 nights
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Melbourne

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Appreciate the collections at National Vietnam Veterans Museum and Immigration Museum. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Wine Compass (in Mt Martha), William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong) and WaterMaarq (in Sorrento). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hanging Rock Reserve, contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral, take an unforgettable tour with Phillip Island Helicopters, and see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kurrawa Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Relax by the water at Burleigh Head National Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, test your problem-solving skills at Padlockd Escape Rooms, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, and get interesting insight from Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching.

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 bus. 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 · Wildlife

Mooloolaba

— 2 nights
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 shuttle; or take a 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 · Spas

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 2 nights
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 drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Hervey Bay

— 4 nights
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 The Pier. 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). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, and admire the natural beauty at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Birdworld Kuranda and Shark Diving. Get in touch with nature at Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Spas (in Palm Cove), Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, visit Other, explore the activities along Lake Barrine, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

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 · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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 · Nature

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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 Opal Reef and Agincourt Reef. Step off the beaten path and head to Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures and Spas. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and get some thrills on the water with Reef Sprinter.

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

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. 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 · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Airlie Beach

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 Spas and Bicentennial Walkway. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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 · Wildlife

Queensland travel guide

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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.