22 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Madrid

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Madrid, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Earl Hill, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

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

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.
Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip website .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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