16 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

16 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

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16 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  5 h 45 min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Singapore

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for beaches, zoos & aquariums, parks, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
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 29th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach driving holiday site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 30th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder website .

You can 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 November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

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
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gold Coast, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

4
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.
Sydney is known for parks, beaches, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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