22 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

22 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Charlie Moreland Camping Area (in Kenilworth) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, explore the activities along Noosa River, take in the exciting artwork at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, and stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre, Charlie Moreland Camping Area, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

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Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, browse the exhibits of Michael Seebeck Gallery, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in May: highs in Cairns hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Cape Tribulation is known for adventure, nature, outdoors, trails, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, admire all the interesting features of Marrdja Botanical Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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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.
Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip app .

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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