28 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

28 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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28 days in Queensland, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  28​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
7
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

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.
Visiting Daintree National Park and Myall Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Tea. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In August in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Tea, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 13th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Cairns Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Palm Cove Beach and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra). Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Curtain Fig National Park, Babinda Boulders
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 18th (Sat), head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Townsville, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Army Museum North Queensland ©
Army Museum North Queensland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): do sightseeing at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia and then hike along Whitsunday Great Walk.

Discover how to plan a Airlie Beach trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Townsville in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Noosa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Mount Ninderry
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 27th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay trip maker app .

Getting from Noosa to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, stroll through Clovelly, and explore the galleries of Justice & Police Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Hervey Bay in August, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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