10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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10 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
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Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Daintree
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Melbourne. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Sydney.
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Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Clovelly, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House. On the next day, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Whitsunday Island.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
You've now added Whitehaven Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online road trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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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.
St Monica's Cathedral has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Daintree trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Cairns to Daintree in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. December in Daintree sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Daintree National Park, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip tool .

Drive from Daintree to Port Douglas in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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