10 days in Queensland & Greater Sydney Itinerary

10 days in Queensland & Greater Sydney Itinerary

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10 days in Queensland & Greater Sydney Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + ferry:  6​h 15​min
3
Manly
— 1 night
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  4​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Gaya

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Village Gallery and Daintree Discovery Centre. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Daintree and see Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Gaya, India to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Gaya to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In August, Cairns is a bit cooler than Gaya - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by With Sugar, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
On the 29th (Thu), kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, stop by Bridget Kennedy Project Space, view the masterpieces at Mosman Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Joel Coleman Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manly road trip tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Manly in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Manly at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Manly

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mosman, Bridget Kennedy Project Space
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Bridget Kennedy Project Space ©
Bridget Kennedy Project Space
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Henderson Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

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