12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  27​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte

1
day
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 13th (Wed), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online vacation planner .

Charlotte, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in March, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be warmer, around 75°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 18th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 81°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Clovelly, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then stroll through Manly Beach.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning site .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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