57 days in Queensland, New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

57 days in Queensland, New South Wales & Canberra Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

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Cairns
— 6 nights
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Port Douglas
— 5 nights
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Townsville
— 4 nights
Bus to Airlie Beach, Ferry to Hamilton Island
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Hamilton Island
— 6 nights
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Ferry to Shute Harbour, Bus to Coconut Grove at Airlie Esplanade, Bus to Hervey Bay, Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 6 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 7 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
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Canberra
— 3 nights
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Eden
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 6 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Esplanade Lagoon Pool, Birdworld Kuranda, and other attractions. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Green Island and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker site.

Darwin to Cairns is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for Port Douglas on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 5 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mossman Gorge Centre as well as Daintree National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Townsville

— 4 nights
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, and identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Hamilton Island

— 6 nights
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Whitsunday Islands National Park, Wild life Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip maker site.

You can fly from Townsville to Hamilton Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fraser Island

— 6 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, step aboard Maheno Wreck, kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island vacation maker site.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Hamilton Island in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Brisbane

— 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Gold Coast

— 7 nights
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.
You've added Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and other attractions to your itinerary. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Port Macquarie

— 2 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie day trip app.

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Macquarie by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in February: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Sydney

— 5 nights

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.
You've now added Coogee Beach to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip tool.

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 2 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Mountains as well as Echo Point Lookout. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get great views at The Three Sisters, then hike along The Giant Stairway, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): get great views at Echo Point Lookout and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Katoomba sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Canberra

— 3 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The National Dinosaur Museum, Mount Ainslie Lookout and National Museum of Australia. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and get curious at Questacon.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Eden.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums

Eden

— 2 nights
Eden is a seaside holiday township and home to the whale-watching cruise.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eden Lookout and Rotary Park as well as Killer Whale Museum. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ben Boyd Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Killer Whale Museum and then stroll around Eden Lookout and Rotary Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Eden road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Eden takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in February, plan for slightly colder days in Eden, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eden

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Queensland travel guide

4.3
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.

New South Wales travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.