11 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

11 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online travel route builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Real McCaul, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Noosa to Cairns in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally stop by With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the exhibits of The Drill Hall Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then have fun at Tobruk Memorial Baths, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Townsville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daytime highs in Townsville are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Tobruk Memorial Baths ©
Tobruk Memorial Baths

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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 21st (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online trip builder .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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