21 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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21 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, stroll through Trail Bike Adventures, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planning app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, head outdoors with The Bump Track, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, Brisbane is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Theme Parks

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Warner Bros. Movie World
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne journey builder app .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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