31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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31 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Berlin

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground will thrill your kids. Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Cairns is 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Myall Beach. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas sightseeing planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon will thrill your kids. On the 28th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Moffat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). There's still lots to do: get your game on at South Bank Parklands and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brisbane, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 9:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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