16 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

16 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + train:  9​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 26th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker tool .

Ahmedabad, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ahmedabad to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ahmedabad, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Myall Beach. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Thornton Beach in Thornton Beach, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at With Sugar.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

1
day
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, stop by The Real McCaul, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and finally take a stroll through Hastings Street.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Port Douglas to Noosa takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eumundi
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The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

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 2nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB)for some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Clovelly.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney route tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Melbourne's GPO - Shopping Centre. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Boat Hire and Melbourne Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

Plan trip to Melbourne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in February, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Shopping
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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