60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 7 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Townsville
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 8 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Rainbow Beach
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Rainbow Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 8 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 7 nights
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Hamilton Island

— 2 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitsunday Islands National Park. Bring the kids along to Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Wumurdaylin, bet on your favorite at Go-Kart Racing Track, and get outside with Jetryder.

Plan my day in Hamilton Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Melbourne to Hamilton Island is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Airlie Beach

— 7 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daydream Island Living Reef will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Airlie Beach Lagoon and Hydeaway Bay Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Mackay (Bluewater Lagoon, Mackay Aqua Park, &more), Daydream Island Day Spa (in Daydream Island) and Bowen (Horseshoe Bay, Grays Bay, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, and make a splash at Airlie Aqua Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour itinerary planning website.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 4 nights
Visiting Magnetic Island Time Cruises and West Point will get you outdoors. Attractions like Arthur Bay and Magnetic Island Forts Walk make great kid-friendly stops.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island route planning tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. December in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Townsville

— 6 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Strand. Attractions like Castle Hill and Billabong Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Townsville: Hinchinbrook Island (in Cardwell) and Alligator Falls Track (in Alligator Creek). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Many Peaks Walking Track, don't miss a visit to Kissing Point Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip tool.

Getting from Magnetic Island to Townsville by ferry takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cairns

— 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Billy Tea Safaris. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, approximately Kuranda away. Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, trek along Wrights Lookout, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip site.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 8 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Thornton Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Get outdoors at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Bring the kids along to Eli Creek and Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fraser Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Rainbow Beach

— 4 nights
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Get in touch with nature at Wolf Rock Dive Centre and Carlo Sand Blow. Bring the kids along to Cooloola Recreation Area and Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area. Step out of Rainbow Beach to go to Tin Can Bay and see Barnacles Dolphin Centre, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Rainbow Beach Massage, Retreats and Wellness Centre and explore the activities along Searys Creek.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach driving holiday app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Noosa

— 8 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Noosa National Park and Bulcock Beach. Attractions like Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Main Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Buderim (Buderim Forest Park, Whites Lookout and Park, &more), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and North Shore Dog Beach (in Mudjimba). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Rainbow Beach to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Surfers Paradise Beach and South Bank Parklands. Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Woorim Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Island Gondola (in Bribie Island) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, and walk around Roma Street Parkland.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary website.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.