42 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

42 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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42 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Chennai

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas, Palm Cove Beach, & more). Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Cairns is 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation 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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Wonga Beach in Wonga Beach, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay May 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then Head underground at Copperfield Gorge. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Townsville travel site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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.
On the 15th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip website .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Townsville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (in Caloundra), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and SunJet Simulations (in Mooloolaba). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sea World Theme Park, SunJet Simulations, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, kick back and relax at Eli Creek, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & The Three Sisters) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

7
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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