6 days in Greater Newcastle & Queensland Itinerary

6 days in Greater Newcastle & Queensland Itinerary

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Drive
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Pokolbin
— 1 day
Fly
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
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Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Pokolbin

With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): do a tasting at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Ivanhoe Wines, and then do a tasting at Ernest Hill Wines.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin trip maker site.

Sydney to Pokolbin is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Wineries

Side Trip

1
night
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 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Kirra Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip tool.

You can fly from Pokolbin to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Mooloolaba

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Maroochydore Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Mooloolaba Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kings Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba road trip planning site.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island day trip planning site.

You can fly from Mooloolaba to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mooloolaba in December since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cairns using our trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Greater Newcastle travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Gardens · Scenic Walking Areas
Encompassing the suburbs of Newcastle, as well as a number of other, smaller cities, Greater Newcastle expands from the oceanside to a lush interior. Hilly, forested, and welcoming, the area offers a more relaxed experience than the hustle and bustle that can often dominate Australia’s urban centers.

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.