41 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

41 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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41 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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

6
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 enjoy Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Bilgola Beach. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wentworth Falls.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bilgola Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, situated approximately west of the Sydney central business district, and about east of Katoomba, Australia on the Great Western Highway, with a Wentworth Falls railway station on the Main Western line. Attractions like Pulpit Rock Lookout and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Nook and Victory Theatre Antique Centre. There's much more to do: stop by The Candy Store Leura, view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, hike along The National Pass, and admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wentworth Falls holiday planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Wentworth Falls in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, Wentworth Falls is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Wentworth Falls

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Leura, Katoomba, Blackheath, Blue Mountains National Park, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Bring the kids along to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Wentworth Falls to Fraser Island with the Route module. Traveling from Wentworth Falls in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Fraser Island. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Shop till you drop at The Original Eumundi Markets and Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza. Visit Kings Beach and Marcoola Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra), Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Real McCaul, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and stroll through Peregian Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Noosa online trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eumundi, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Chocolate Country, Marcoola Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Burleigh Heads Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Brisbane (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary & South Bank Parklands) and Moffat Beach (in Caloundra). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, buy something for everyone on your list at The Brickworks Centre, and kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

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Getting from Noosa to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coffee Works and Whileaway. Visit Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 14th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in November; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In November in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Head to Tanks Arts Centre and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outletsfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stop by WetRez, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Crystal Cascades, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island (in Hayman Island) and Molle Islands National Park (in Long Island). On the 28th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island, Molle Islands National Park
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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