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
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bronte Beach and Terrigal Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Palm Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Govetts Leap (in Blackheath), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarama Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Tamarama Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Govetts Leap
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Coolangatta Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On the next day, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. June in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kings Beach, then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach.

Plan a Noosa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Mount Ninderry, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Keep things going the next day: trek along Fraser Island Great Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In June, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 30th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along The Pier and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay travel route builder website .

Getting from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. June in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Pier ©
The Pier

2
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.
Get outdoors at Agincourt Reef and Safaris. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mossman Gorge and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Spend the 1st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas vacation planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hervey Bay to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hervey Bay in July since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Atherton Tablelands and Trinity Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns visit planning site .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, Townsville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

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 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in July, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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