21 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

21 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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21 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Faulconbridge
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h
6
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. On the 6th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, look for gifts at The Candy Store Leura, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally admire all the interesting features of The National Pass. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, stop by Teddy Sinclair, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally see the interesting displays at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Faulconbridge, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Faulconbridge takes 1.5 hours. In December in Faulconbridge, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, Rick Rutherford's Country, Wentworth Falls
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 30 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Faulconbridge to Cape Tribulation with the Route module. Traveling from Faulconbridge in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Cape Tribulation. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
Head to Coffee Works and With Sugarfor some retail therapy. Relax by the water at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 11th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online route maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): shop like a local with Art on Cairncross, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, look for gifts at The Real McCaul, then buy something for everyone on your list at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, and finally look for gifts at MaisyMoo.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Caloundra takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Caloundra is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba Beach, Art on Cairncross
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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