14 days in Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

14 days in Queensland, Victoria & New South Wales Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Airlie Beach

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach route planning website.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Port Douglas

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. There's more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 3 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns online day trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at St. Kilda Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Dedicate the 8th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney

— 4 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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, visit Darling Harbour, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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.

Victoria travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Gardens · Landmarks
The smallest state on mainland Australia, Victoria nevertheless boasts a richly attractive interior and an exotic, bay-strewn coastline that compensates for its relatively diminutive size. With snow-topped alpine areas and coastal paradises running into dry, semi-arid plains in the west and northwest, Victoria has something of a split personality in relation to its geography. Around 70 percent of Victoria’s population live in the capital of the state, Melbourne.

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.