26 days in Queensland, Sydney & Alice Springs Itinerary

26 days in Queensland, Sydney & Alice Springs Itinerary

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26 days in Queensland, Sydney & Alice Springs Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  58​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Alice Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

3
nights
Cairns

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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curtain Fig National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and then learn more about the world around you at The Crystal Caves.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Curtain Fig National Park, The Crystal Caves
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Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cooktown trip planning app .

You can drive from Cairns to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cow Bay Beach and then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach.

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

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Cow Bay Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach. On the next day, get your game on at Sports Club, browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island road trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. December in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): stop by Belmondos Organic Market, then kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Hamilton Island to Noosa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Point Cartwright, Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Castle
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Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Queensland Air Museum ©
Queensland Air Museum

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Greenmount Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, then explore the galleries of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip maker .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, then stroll through Woorim Beach, then kick back and relax at Banksia Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Eric the Emu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Red Beach and then stroll through Sylvan Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bribie Island trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Bribie Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Bribie Island sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bribie Island Community Arts Centre ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bronte Beach and then take a stroll through Newtown.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney visit site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk

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nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and Mbantua Fine Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yubu Napa Art Gallery and The Residency. The adventure continues: make a trip to Ormiston Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, identify plant and animal life at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and admire the masterpieces at Araluen Cultural Precinct.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Alice Springs hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Parks Shopping
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nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bouddi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site .

Fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. You will leave for home on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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