12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong


1
night
Port Douglas

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 13th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online vacation maker .

Hong Kong, China to Port Douglas is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Spas & Wellness
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market 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.
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), take a stroll through West End, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Natural Bridge.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Byron Bay
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Clovelly.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

Similar Plans

15 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Caboolture BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, teens, kids, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, teens, kids, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Queensland BY A USER FROM INDIA October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, teens, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Melbourne & Sydney BY A USER FROM VIETNAM December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Cairns & Sydney BY A USER FROM MALTA November, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Melbourne & Queensland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Cairns BY A USER FROM HONG KONG February, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans
Find a travel specialist
TRAVEL AGENT