16 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

16 days in Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia itinerary planner

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Train to Dusseldorf, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and stop by Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 9 hours. In October, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, look for gifts at With Sugar, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cape Tribulation

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Marrdja Botanical Walk, tour in harmony with nature at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, and then let the river carry you with Ocean Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable excursion with D'Arcy of Daintree 4WD Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and finally stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Queensland travel guide

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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.