59 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

59 days in Queensland & New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Brisbane
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 6 nights
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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, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 9 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 10 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Proserpine
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Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Cork 'n Fork Tours (in Tamborine Mountain). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mooloolaba

— 6 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton), Yandina Markets (in Yandina) and Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre (in Eumundi). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Buderim Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mooloolaba trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Mooloolaba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip builder website.

Getting from Mooloolaba to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Sydney

— 9 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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take some stellar pictures from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel route builder site.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba

— 10 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore Katoomba's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights) and Bilpin (Pine Crest Orchard, Bilpin Cider Company, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Katoomba, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Golf Club, Passage Peak, &more). Spend the 9th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Heart Reef, take a tour of Whitsunday Passage, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Katoomba to Airlie Beach by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in June, you will find days in Airlie Beach are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 6 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.
Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Rex Lookout in Wangetti, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas journey maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cape Tribulation side-trips: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

Discover how to plan a Cape Tribulation trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cairns

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda (Our Animals Our Earth & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip maker.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.