37 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

37 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

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37 days in New South Wales & Queensland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  21 h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h
2
Eumundi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+4
Drive + Ferry + Drive + Fly + Train:  10 h 30 min
4
Katoomba
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 30 min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Cairns
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Portland

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Bouddi National Park in Killcare, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, stop by Sydney Fish Market, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Portland, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Sydney is 18 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Eumundi.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Bouddi National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Eumundi

Eumundi ©
Eumundi is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, 21 km south-west of Noosa Heads and 118 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Museum-lovers will get to explore Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith and Pioneer Cottage Buderim. Escape the urban bustle at Mooloolaba Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eumundi: Chenrezig Institute (in Eudlo) and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, examine the collection at Mapleton Observatory, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and stop by Podie Pie.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Eumundi day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Eumundi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Eumundi

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Chenrezig Institute, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Sunshine Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
We've included these beaches for you: Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online travel planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Eumundi to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

4
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Wentworth Falls and Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, stroll through Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, daytime highs in Katoomba are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls, Leura Mall
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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.
On the 21st (Thu), browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery.

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You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Airlie Beach in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Katoomba in May, you will find days in Airlie Beach are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are warmer (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

4
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.
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery and Ngarru Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Port Douglas Court House Museum and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Entomological museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, then browse the exhibits of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and finally hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation day trip planning app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Entomological museum ©
Daintree Entomological museum

5
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.
Head to Village Gallery and Rusty's Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Underart Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Peter Jarver Gallery & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Visit Sylvan Beach and Woorim Beach for some beach relaxation. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and State Library Of Queensland will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Brisbane to go to Mount Cotton and see Sirromet Wines, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in June; daily highs in Brisbane reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bribie Island, Sirromet Wines
Highlights from your plan
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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