25 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

25 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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25 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Caloundra
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Munich

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Australian Leather Company. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Munich, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Munich to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Munich in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Coffee Works and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and stop by With Sugar.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning site .

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. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centrefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: stroll through Coolangatta Beach, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Do your shopping at The Original Eumundi Markets and The Real McCaul. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Caloundra day trip planning site .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Caloundra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Caloundra

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Marcoola Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Mooloolaba Beach, The Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Do your shopping at The Nook and Victory Theatre Antique Centre. Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Candy Store Leura, explore the galleries of Falls Gallery, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and browse for treasures at Mr Pickwick's Fine Old Books.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Katoomba route planning website .

Getting from Caloundra to Katoomba by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Caloundra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Falls Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Teddy Sinclair ©
Teddy Sinclair
Katoomba Vintage Emporium ©
Katoomba Vintage Emporium

6
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Opal Minded. Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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