15 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer. Keep things going the next day: walk around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer ©
Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): cool off at Thrill Hill Waterslide, make a splash at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally get your game on at SunJet Simulations. On your second day here, cool off at Aqua Park Bli Bli, make a splash at Aqua Fun Park, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba journey maker website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Mooloolaba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aqua Park Bli Bli, BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, Aqua Fun Park, Thrill Hill Waterslide
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mooloolaba in January, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Daintree Entomological museum, then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then stroll through Thornton Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally head outdoors with Horses in Port.

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

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

Make your Melbourne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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