20 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

20 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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20 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus:  28​h
4
Caloundra
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and stop by With Sugar.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 26th (Wed), don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane, make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach. On the next day, meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

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Drive from Cape Tribulation to Caloundra in 28 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in December, things will get little chillier in Caloundra: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Australia Zoo, Buderim Forest Park
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Caloundra to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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