17 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at With Sugar and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and finally admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For photos and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns vacation maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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