22 days in Queensland, Adelaide & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Queensland, Adelaide & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland, Adelaide & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Adelaide
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach attractions planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then stroll through CoffeeWorks Townsville.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, you will find days in Townsville are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Coffee Works, stop by With Sugar, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Adventure, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Coffee Works ©
Coffee Works

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Blowhole Beach and Horseshoe Bay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cleland Wildlife Park and Adelaide Zoo. Take a break from Adelaide with a short trip to Carrickalinga Beach in Carrickalinga, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Semaphore Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Adelaide online trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Adelaide by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in April, with highs in Adelaide at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Blowhole Beach, Semaphore Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Carrickalinga Beach
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Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Blowhole Beach ©
Blowhole Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 11th (Wed), wander the streets of Hastings Street. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa attractions planning tool .

Getting from Adelaide to Noosa by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Mount Ninderry
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then stroll through Coolangatta Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip planning app .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Watson's Bay and Shelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Sydney with the Route module. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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