50 days in Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

50 days in Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

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50 days in Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
4
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
9
Faulconbridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Get outdoors at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cape Tribulation Beach. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip maker website .

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. February in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Wonga Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Opal Reef. Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, stop by Coffee Works, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Relax by the water at Eastern Beach Reserve and Portsea Back Beach. Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Lorne Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Torquay: Cape Schanck Boardwalk (in Flinders) and St Mary of the Angels (in Geelong).

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Torquay day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Port Douglas to Torquay takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in February, with highs in Torquay at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Geelong, Lorne Beach, Portsea Back Beach, Cape Schanck Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and explore the world behind art at ArtVo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online attractions planner .

Drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 3:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Gold Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Brisbane
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

4
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. You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Bulcock Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, trek along Mount Cooroora, stop by The Real McCaul, and explore the activities along Noosa River.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Maroochydore Beach, The Real McCaul, Mooloolaba Beach, Mount Cooroora
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. Popular historic sites such as The National Pass and The Australiana Pioneer Village are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Lennox Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Faulconbridge side-trips: Perry's Lookdown (in Blackheath), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Katoomba (The Giant Stairway, Wentworth Falls, & more).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Faulconbridge travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Faulconbridge with the Route module. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, expect Faulconbridge to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, The Australiana Pioneer Village, The National Pass, Perry's Lookdown, Lennox Bridge
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Perry's Lookdown ©
Perry's Lookdown
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

10
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Government House are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Sydney in 1.5 hours. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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