19 days in Queensland Itinerary

19 days in Queensland Itinerary

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19 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  3 h
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  5 h 45 min
7
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  22 h
End: Dallas

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.
Jungle Adventures Night Walk has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sat), join in the after-dark buzz at Jungle Adventures Night Walk, get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder app .

Dallas, USA to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Cape Tribulation due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in December, things will get much warmer in Cape Tribulation: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daintree Safaris as well as Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tour. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Dallas, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Port Douglas. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Dallas in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 88°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Safaris ©
Daintree Safaris
Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tours ©
Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. Change things up with a short trip to Historic Village Herberton in Herberton (about 1h 30 min away).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
You've now added Bungalow Bay Koala Village Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Bungalow Bay Koala Village Tours, explore the galleries of Magnetic Island Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail ©
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail
Bungalow Bay Koala Village ©
Bungalow Bay Koala Village

1
night
Airlie Beach

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 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in January, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Shute Harbour ©
Shute Harbour

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get outside with Jetryder and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island road trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

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 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mooloolaba trip planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
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Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner .

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 January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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