22 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester


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.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Step off the beaten path and head to Shelly Beach and The Bay Tree Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Katoomba to see Wentworth Falls about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in February, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Wentworth Falls, The Bay Tree Gallery
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Noosa Main Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Noosa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marcoola Beach
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Belmondos Organic Market ©
Belmondos Organic Market

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek, then explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

5
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.
Do your shopping at Robina Town Shopping Centre and Marina Mirage. Step off the beaten path and head to Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Spas & Wellness & Belongil Beach) and Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, and stroll through Tugun Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Gold Coast with the Route module. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lennox Head Beach
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), take a stroll through West End and then shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
West End ©
West End

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 16th (Sat), kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island tour planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In February in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, then stop by Beach Book Boutique, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Colour Me Crazy
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 19th (Tue), stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery and then kick back and relax at Eastern Beach Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

Discover how to plan a Melbourne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in February, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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