18 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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 nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey maker app.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

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, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning app.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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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 5th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 7th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

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You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Champagne Pools, stroll through Eli Creek, take an exotic tour of Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Hervey Bay Massage and Day Spa, then see majestic marine mammals with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, and then let little ones run wild at Point Dayman Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In January in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Queensland travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.