35 days in Queensland, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

35 days in Queensland, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

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35 days in Queensland, Sydney & Canberra Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. For shopping fun, head to Coffee Works or The Reef Marina. Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Safaris

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Bloomfield Waterfall in Bloomfield--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation driving holiday website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In December in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay Beach, Bloomfield Waterfall
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Rusty's Market. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by combination of car, ferry, and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in December, Fraser Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get outdoors at Noosa Main Beach and Noosa National Park. Shop till you drop at The Original Eumundi Markets and Belmondos Organic Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza (in Maroochydore), Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Kings Beach) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Real McCaul, take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Noosa road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Mooloolaba Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Oasis Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip maker website .

You can drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Rick Rutherford's Country (in Lawson), The Nook (in Leura) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, look for gifts at Opal Minded, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

The Nook, Shelly Beach, Rick Rutherford's Country
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 11th (Fri), browse the fresh offerings at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then get lost in a book at National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Canberra road trip planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market ©
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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