12 days in Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Opal Reef. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Agincourt Reef. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas driving holiday tool .

Mumbai, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Port Douglas. In May, Port Douglas is little chillier than Mumbai - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Photography Tours

2
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
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 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Townsville trip site .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Kissing Point Fort ©
Kissing Point Fort

1
night
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, and finally have fun at Buderim Lions Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba road trip website .

Getting from Townsville to Mooloolaba by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Townsville in May; daily highs in Mooloolaba reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Buderim Lions Park, Mount Coolum
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
On the 12th (Tue), browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, and then get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip maker app .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island journey maker site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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