60 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

60 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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60 days in Queensland & Sydney Itinerary

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

5
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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Bowen (Grays Bay & Horseshoe Bay). There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning site .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Airlie Beach reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bowling Green Bay National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, kick back and relax at The Strand, hike along Alligator Falls Track, and browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Townsville trip builder tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Alligator Creek, Queensland
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Barron Gorge National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip site .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove, Cattana Wetlands, Barron Gorge National Park, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 19:
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Dubuji Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield), Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters, enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach, and play a few rounds at Port Douglas Golf Tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mossman, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Esplanade will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Hervey Bay side-trips: Brierley Wines (in Childers) and Bundaberg (Burrum Coast National Park, Bundaberg Rum Distillery, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Hervey Bay hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Brierley Wines
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

6
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Fraser Island Great Walk and Lake McKenzie.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fraser Island Great Walk ©
Fraser Island Great Walk
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

6
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Escape the urban bustle at Noosa National Park and Kondalilla National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Conondale National Park (in Kenilworth). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, catch some excitement at Noosa Horses, and identify plant and animal life at Glass House Mountains National Park.

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

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 your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Conondale National Park, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Glass House Mountains National Park ©

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.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Surfers Paradise Golf Club will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). The adventure continues: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

9
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 the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly), Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & Lincoln's Rock) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Shelly Beach, Bilpin Cider Company, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 29:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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