15 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
+3
bus + foot + tram + Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bronte Beach and Featherdale Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Manly Scenic Walkway. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, and don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, with highs in Sydney at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, North Head Sanctuary, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
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Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 56°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
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 25th (Thu): explore the activities along Heart Reef, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be much hotter, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Townsville road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 77°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

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

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.
On the 27th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, and then head outdoors with Horses in Port.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

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