23 days in Perth, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Perth, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Perth, Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Caloundra
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Perth online itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Perth is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Perth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Adventure World Perth Australia, Cottesloe Beach
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Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker site .

You can fly from Perth to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, take a memorable tour with Port Douglas Boat Hire, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Warner Bros. Movie World in Oxenford, approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in December, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
On the 30th (Sun), step aboard HMAS Brisbane, cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Caloundra trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Caloundra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park, Australia Zoo
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. The adventure continues: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Caloundra to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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