18 days in Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
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Melbourne — 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne online tour itinerary planner.

Hyderabad, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Melbourne. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane attractions planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Podie Pie, make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, then make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, and finally make a splash at Aqua Fun Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Eli Creek, step aboard Maheno Ship Wreck, and then explore the activities along Lake Allom.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 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 Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Queensland travel guide

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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.
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