24 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

24 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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24 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Tribulation Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island attractions tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Fraser Island by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane route app .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne route maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, Melbourne is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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