46 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

46 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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46 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
5
Byron Bay
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
South West Rocks
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Forster
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Jervis Bay
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Visiting Horseshoe Bay and Grays Bay will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Conway National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Mother Beddock Rock (in Bowen) and Molle Islands National Park (in Long Island). There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen, Molle Islands National Park
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 20th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Geoffrey Bay, identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island tour app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. October in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and With Sugar. Visiting Agincourt Reef and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Magnetic Island to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Trinity Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Davies Creek National Park (in Mareeba). Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

4
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Take a break from the city and head to Turners Beach and Iluka. You'll get in some beach time at Broken Head Beach and Tallow Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Yamba (Yamba Pedal Boats & Main Beach Yamba) and Spooky Beach (in Angourie). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Byron Bay to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Spooky Beach, Broken Head Beach, Iluka
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

4
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 Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Fingal Head and see Fingal Head Lighthouse, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tugun Beach, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Peregian Beach and Noosa Main Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Maroochydore Beach and Caloundra Lighthouses. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling & Mooloolaba Beach). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Hastings Street.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Central Station Rainforest and Champagne Pools. Explore Fraser Island's surroundings by going to Lychee Divine (in Tiaro), Maryborough City Hall (in Maryborough) and Burrum Heads Beach (in Burrum Heads).

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island tour itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Maryborough City Hall, Lychee Divine
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
South West Rocks

South West Rocks ©
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, then visit a coastal fixture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Scotts Head Beach, and finally explore the activities along Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Korogoro Walking Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Horsehoe Bay Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South West Rocks holiday builder .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to South West Rocks with the Route module. Traveling from Fraser Island in November, you will find days in South West Rocks are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in South West Rocks

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Urunga Wetlands Boardwalk, Korogoro Walking Track, Scotts Head Beach
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Scotts Head Beach ©
Scotts Head Beach
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Koala Hospital. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tacking Point Lighthouse and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. And it doesn't end there: hike along Coastal walk, play a few rounds at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, explore the ancient world of Innes Ruins, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from South West Rocks in November: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Forster.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Old Bottlebutt
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Forster

Forster ©
Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast Council LGA, about 308km north-north-east of Sydney. Get outdoors at Tomaree Head and Elizabeth Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Cellito Beach and Jimmy's Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Forster: Saltwater National Park (in Old Bar) and Bennetts Beach (in Hawks Nest). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Rocks, experience rural life at Colin Wren Oysters, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at The Coastal Brewing Co.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Forster trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Forster in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Port Macquarie in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Forster: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Forster

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tuncurry, Hawks Nest, Saltwater National Park, Tomaree Head, Cellito Beach
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach
Saltwater National Park ©
Saltwater National Park

5
nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bendalong Beach and Callala Beach. Visiting Blenheim Beach and Cave Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Seven Mile Beach National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Greenfield Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Murrays Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape St George Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay trip planner .

Drive from Forster to Jervis Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November in Jervis Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoalhaven, Currarong, Bendalong Beach, Callala Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

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