60 days in Queensland Itinerary

60 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 5 nights
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Hervey Bay
— 5 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Longreach
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Longreach
— 2 nights
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Carnarvon National Park
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 7 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
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Fitzroy Island
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Mission Beach
— 4 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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— 5 nights
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Gold Coast

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Natural Bridge and Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Springbrook National Park and Coolangatta Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip site.

Los Angeles, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 18 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Mooloolaba Beach and Point Cartwright. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mooloolaba: Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Obi Boardwalk) and Montville (Kondalilla Falls & Kondalilla National Park). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, get outside with FlyWaco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marcoola Beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Mooloolaba, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hervey Bay

— 5 nights
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Get outdoors at Esplanade and Mon Repos Turtle Encounter. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fraser Island and The Pier. Explore Hervey Bay's surroundings by going to Whistle Stop Rail Museum (in Maryborough), Barolin Rocks (in Bargara) and Bundaberg (Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, &more). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Elfotography Hervey Bay.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest. Get outdoors at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Champagne Pools.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 5 hours. July in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · 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 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Longreach, then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Outback Pics. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Spinifex Collections, contemplate the long history of Longreach Powerhouse and Historical Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Longreach travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Longreach in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. July in Longreach sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carnarvon National Park.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carnarvon National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Carnarvon Gorge.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carnarvon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Longreach to Carnarvon National Park takes 8 hours. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Carnarvon National Park

Parks · Nature

Airlie Beach

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitsunday Great Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseshoe Bay and Finch Hatton Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowen (Mother Beddock Rock, Grays Bay, &more), Gloucester Island National Park (in Hydeaway Bay) and Daydream Island Living Reef (in Daydream Island). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Heart Reef, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carnarvon National Park to Airlie Beach takes 11 hours. In July in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton Island

— 3 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Passage Peak and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Step out of Hamilton Island with an excursion to Whitsunday Islands National Park in Whitsunday Island--about 2h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Jetryder, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, and take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island day trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Josephine Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Crystal Cascades and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Wooroonooran National Park (in Topaz), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Atherton Tablelands, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Barrine, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 5 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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agincourt Reef and Eye to Eye Marine Encounters. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Four Mile Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daintree National Park and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation day trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fitzroy Island

— 1 night
On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Fitzroy Island National Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fitzroy Island trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Fitzroy Island. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Mission Beach

— 4 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mission Beach and Hinchinbrook Island. Get outdoors at Millaa Millaa Falls and Wallaman Falls. Explore Mission Beach's surroundings by going to Nandroya Falls (in Atherton), Millaa Millaa Lookout (in Millaa Millaa) and Cardwell (Ob la di, Attie Creek Falls, &more). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot, get great views at Mamu Tropical Skywalk, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Fitzroy Island to Mission Beach with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the activities along Arthur Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and finally stroll through Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Balding Bay, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum, and finally play a few rounds at Magnetic Island Country Club.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island road trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Townsville

— 5 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Visiting Castle Hill and Gondwana Rainforest will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Townsville: Broadwater National Park (in Ingham) and Alligator Falls Track (in Alligator Creek). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Riverway, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville itinerary tool.

Ride a ferry from Magnetic Island to Townsville in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Townsville are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland travel guide

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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.