17 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  28​h
End: Exeter

3
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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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder tool .

Exeter, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

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
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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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

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Myall Beach, then stroll through Thornton Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, then take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary website .

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas visit planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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