22 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Queensland & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly
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Townsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Speed Boats Tours. Kids will enjoy Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Blackheath (Day Gallery, Govetts Leap, &more), Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Leura Cascades) and Katoomba (OMNIA a little bit of everywhere & Blue Mountains). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, head outdoors with Watsons Bay, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach and then stroll through Coolangatta Beach.

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You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip maker app.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in January; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Cairns

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palm Cove Beach and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Cairns to go to Mareeba and see Jaques Coffee Plantation, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 17th (Sun), make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, then go for a walk through Castle Hill, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Airlie Beach

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.
On the 18th (Mon), go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip tool.

You can drive from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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Melbourne

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Balloon Rides and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Wendouree and Ballarat Wildlife Park. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Southbank.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.