15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Kota Kinabalu
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Palm Cove
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Kota Kinabalu


1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 10th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Palm Cove route maker tool .

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Palm Cove is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. In June, Palm Cove is a bit cooler than Kota Kinabalu - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Rex Lookout, Trinity Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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.
On the 12th (Tue), kick back and relax at The Strand.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Palm Cove to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Townsville when traveling from Palm Cove in June, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Townsville in June: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Noosa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coolangatta Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

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Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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