21 days in Queensland, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

21 days in Queensland, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

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21 days in Queensland, Brisbane Region & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns is 9 hours. Traveling from Frankfurt in November, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Visit Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation day trip site .

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway. 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 see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Brisbane. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online day trip 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 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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