16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Museum. Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney online visit planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Museum and ArtVo will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
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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 17th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our 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. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
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 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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