13 days in Queensland Itinerary

13 days in Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Queensland route planner

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Fly
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Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coolum Beach
— 3 nights
Drive to Brisbane International Airport, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast

— 3 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Surfers Paradise Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Helicopter Tours & South Bank Parklands). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 6th (Thu) at Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Plan trip to Gold Coast with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coolum Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Coolum Beach

— 3 nights
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. Kids will appreciate attractions like BLAST Aqua Park Coolum and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Step out of Coolum Beach to go to Beerwah and see Australia Zoo, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Aqua Park Bli Bli, get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Coolum Beach route planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Coolum Beach in 2.5 hours. In January in Coolum Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coolum Beach to Cairns. Traveling from Coolum Beach in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.