25 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

25 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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25 days in Queensland, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  6​h
3
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Myall Beach and Wonga Beach. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Cape Tribulation (Daintree Entomological museum & Cape Tribulation Beach). Spend the 19th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Spend the 21st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online holiday maker .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
We've included these beaches for you: Kings Beach and Moffat Beach. Go for a jaunt from Caloundra to Peregian Beach to see Peregian Beach about 40 minutes away.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Caloundra travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Cairns to Caloundra takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Caloundra reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Peregian Beach, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock 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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Coolangatta Beach, get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast travel planner.

Drive from Caloundra to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

5
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 inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Visit St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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