7 days in Queensland, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

7 days in Queensland, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

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7 days in Queensland, Sydney & Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Melbourne


1
night
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.
On the 15th (Mon), stop by Funstuff by Lynda and then stop by Coffee Works.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker tool .

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. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Funstuff by Lynda ©
Funstuff by Lynda

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

You can 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 October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Gold Coast by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mona, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hobart day trip planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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