15 days in Queensland & Byron Bay Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & Byron Bay Itinerary

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1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights

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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 5th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Norries Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Norries Head
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Golf Club ©
Surfers Paradise Golf Club

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach and then stroll through Broken Head Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay journey builder website.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in September, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Byron Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online journey maker.

You can fly from Byron Bay to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Byron Bay - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, thenkick back and relax at Myall Beach, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Spas (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Annie's at the Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cairns using our trip planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Passage Peak and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip planning website.

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 18th (Fri), look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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