8 days in Queensland Itinerary

8 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland holiday planner

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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Bundaberg
— 2 nights
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Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): savor the flavors at Saleyards Distillery and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Archer (Nurim).

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rockhampton tour planner.

Brisbane to Rockhampton is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Rockhampton are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). You'll set off for Townsville on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Rockhampton

Nature · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Townsville

— 2 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Billabong Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville visit planning tool.

Getting from Rockhampton to Townsville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Townsville, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Bundaberg

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Mon), examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bundaberg travel planning site.

You can fly from Cairns to Bundaberg in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, plan for little chillier nights in Bundaberg, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.