10 days in Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Queensland Itinerary

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10 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Caloundra
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

few
hours
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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 3rd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then explore the different monuments and memorials at South Brisbane Memorial Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
South Brisbane Memorial Park ©
South Brisbane Memorial Park

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 4th (Wed), take a stroll through Downtown Caloundra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then explore the galleries of Caloundra Regional Art Gallery. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses, then explore the historical opulence of Sunshine Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute, and finally examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Caloundra road trip planning site .

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Caloundra

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Mapleton Observatory, Mooloolaba Beach, Chenrezig Institute
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Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mapleton Observatory ©
Mapleton Observatory

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Longreach trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Caloundra to Longreach by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Caloundra in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Longreach, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums

Side Trip

Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visit Historic Village Herberton and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Village Gallery about 34 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

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Fly from Longreach to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Longreach in September since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip site .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Port Douglas Court House Museum ©
Port Douglas Court House Museum

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