12 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, Adelaide & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
6
Longreach
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Wellington

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planning app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in June, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then get engrossed in the history at State Library of South Australia, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Adelaide: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

1
night
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 4th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Adelaide to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in July, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally learn more about the world around you at Emu Ridge Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Townsville trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Longreach online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Townsville to Longreach in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Longreach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Shopping
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Outback Pics ©
Outback Pics

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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Longreach to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Longreach in July, expect nights in Gold Coast to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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