7 days in Queensland Itinerary

7 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 1 night
Fly
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly

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Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), stop by With Sugar, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas route planner.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and then make a trip to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Caloundra

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, tour the water at your own pace with Golden Beach Hire, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Oz, and finally kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Caloundra online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Caloundra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Caloundra can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Transportation

Side Trip

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 10th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park and then catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Gold Coast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Fun & Games

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.