57 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

57 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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57 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 7 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Maleny
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Noosa
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Amsterdam

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 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 Dec 28 — Jan 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield) and Daintree (Daintree Tea & Floravilla Ice Cream Factory). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Daintree, Bloomfield Waterfall, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

7
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.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Elizas Gallery, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge, Elizas Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, head outdoors with Jetryder, and enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
On the 20th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the activities along Heart Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach online trip builder .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight 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 January, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

4
nights
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Explore Maleny's surroundings by going to Lasting Impressions Gallery (in Kenilworth) and Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory, admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, and explore the galleries of Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith.

Plan trip to Maleny with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Montville, Spas, Mapleton Observatory, Lasting Impressions Gallery, Glass House Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Aqua Park Bli Bli (in Bli Bli), Mount Coolum (in Coolum Beach) and Mooloolaba (SunJet Simulations, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, look for gifts at Peticular, hike along Mount Cooroora, and view the masterpieces at Tina Cooper Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip planning website .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Mount Cooroora, Aqua Park Bli Bli, Tina Cooper Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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 Seventy-Five Mile Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum in Parramatta, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker tool .

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fraser Island in February: highs in Sydney hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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