21 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

21 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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21 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. Visiting Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Artisans Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Kawana Shoppingworld (in Buddina) and Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach). The adventure continues: stop by Berkelouw Book Barn, explore the galleries of Tina Cooper Gallery, don't miss a visit to Hastings Street, and view the masterpieces at Noosa Regional gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Eumundi, Lows Lookout, Kawana Shoppingworld
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and take a stroll around Tanks Arts Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Noosa to Cairns takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Thornton Beach and Daintree National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout). It doesn't end there: trek along Dubuji Boardwalk and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

4
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Opal Reef. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 5th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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night
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 9th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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