31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Caloundra
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
6
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary maker site .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Elizas Gallery in Daintree--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip website .

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 January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Elizas Gallery, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Myall Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In January in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

3
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.
Take a break from Brisbane with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder app .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Brisbane by combination of car and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Brisbane, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Explore Caloundra's surroundings by going to Noosa (Noosa National Park & Noosa Main Beach).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra travel route planning site .

Drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Caloundra are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island day trip website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Caloundra to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Coogee Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel route planner.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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