19 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

19 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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19 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Scenic Walkway, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, then stroll through Coogee Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and finally explore the activities along Watson's Bay.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Manchester to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Watson's Bay ©
Watson's Bay

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, then get great views at Lows Lookout, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noosa trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Mooloolaba Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coolangatta Beach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Tugun Beach. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Cape Byron Walking Track about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planning website .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Step out of the city life by going to 13th Beach and St. Kilda Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Rip (in Queenscliff), Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea) and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour builder site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gold Coast in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Rip, Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach, Ocean Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach

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 11th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach holiday builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daintree Discovery Centre and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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