22 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  29​h
1
Townsville
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Ballandean
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 3rd (Wed), view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, stroll through The Strand, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville, and finally trek along Castle Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Townsville online trip builder .

London, UK to Townsville is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Townsville is 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Townsville at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Queens Gardens Townsville ©
Queens Gardens Townsville
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 4th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Hydeaway Bay Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hydeaway Bay Beach
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island tour builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

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

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balancing Rock Wines and Tobin Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Symphony Hill Winery and Casley Mount Hutton Winery.

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

Drive from Sydney to Ballandean in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Ballandean

Wineries Breweries Nightlife

Side Trips

Wyberba, Stanthorpe, Severnlea, Mountview Winery
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Balancing Rock Wines ©
Balancing Rock Wines
Tobin Winery ©
Tobin Winery
Twisted Gum Wines ©
Twisted Gum Wines

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Noosa Main Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peregian Beach and Laguna Lookout. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Caloundra Lighthouses (in Kings Beach) and Spas & Wellness (in Maroochydore). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Noosa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ballandean to Noosa in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Relax by the water at Kirra Beach and Tugun Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Bay, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Carrum Beach, and then kick back and relax at Chelsea Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gold Coast in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carrum Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Chelsea Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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