33 days in Sydney, Queensland & Perth Itinerary

33 days in Sydney, Queensland & Perth Itinerary

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33 days in Sydney, Queensland & Perth Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Caloundra
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+3
train + Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 15​min
10
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: London

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey planning website .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Buderim Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kings Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Australia Zoo.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Caloundra trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Caloundra in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Buderim Forest Park, Australia Zoo
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane day trip website .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

few
hours
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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 enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns online itinerary planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Caversham Wildlife Park and Adventure World Perth Australia. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, admire the striking features of Central Park, and get great views at Elizabeth Quay.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth trip builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Perth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Perth, with lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Cottesloe Beach, Perth Zoo, Adventure World Perth Australia
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia

3
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 6th (Sun), laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip maker .

Getting from Perth to Gold Coast by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
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 9th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island holiday planning tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Fraser Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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