23 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

23 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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23 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Bribie Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cairns. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and Wonga Beach. Spend the 16th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by With Sugar, and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Janbal Gallery, Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas & Wellness
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, then have fun at Tobruk Memorial Baths, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Tobruk Memorial Baths ©
Tobruk Memorial Baths

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 19th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hydeaway Bay Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hydeaway Bay Beach, Colour Me Crazy
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Into The Blue Gallery ©
Into The Blue Gallery

1
night
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach, examine the collection at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then kick back and relax at Bongaree Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, then stroll through Red Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sylvan Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bribie Island trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Bribie Island with the Route module. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Bribie Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Noosa National Park and Kings Beach. Step out of Noosa with an excursion to Lows Lookout in Coolum Beach--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Peregian Beach, look for gifts at Belmondos Organic Market, and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bribie Island to Noosa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach, Lows Lookout, Mooloolaba Beach, The Real McCaul
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirra Beach and Kurrawa Beach. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast attractions planner .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

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 Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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