Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Trip overview

12 days
Car, plane, ferry
2609km (1620mi)
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Day 1: Sydney Harbour

Start your east coast escapade at Sydney’s Circular Quay, where the white sails of the Sydney Opera House sit adjacent to the Harbour Bridge.

Day 2: Bondi Beach

Bondi’s vast blue bay – peppered with swimmers, surfers and sunbathers – draws visitors from all over the world. From coastal walks to boutique shops, here are some incredible ways to explore.

Day 3: Sydney to the Blue Mountains

1.5hrs 105km (65mi)

The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is just a short drive from Sydney but feels worlds away. Cute mountain towns, waterfalls, wildlife and adventure activities await.

Day 4: Blue Mountains to Brisbane

3.0hrs 852km (529mi)

Return to Sydney for a flight to Brisbane, where days are best spent outdoors – regardless of the time of year.

Day 5: Moreton Island

3.0hrs 142km (88mi)

Hop aboard the Tangalooma Island Resort’s day cruise or passenger ferry for a scenic ride to Moreton Island. This island is made of sand and guarantees exhilarating coastal adventures.

Day 6: Brisbane to Hamilton Island

2.0hrs 983km (610mi)

Fly from Brisbane and touch down on the most luxurious (and largest) islands of them all, Hamilton Island. This island is famous for snorkelling, white sand and access to the famous Heart Reef.

Day 7: The Whitsundays

There’s more to explore throughout the Whitsunday Islands, which encompass 74 idyllic islands across the centre of the Great Barrier Reef. Here are some unique ways to explore this incredible archipelago.

Day 8: Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach

1.0hrs 27km (17mi)

Take an Island Transfer from Long Island to the Whitsundays' coastal town of Airlie Beach for more action out on the water.

Day 9: Airlie Beach to Townsville

3.5hrs 272km (169mi)

Drive three and a half hours to reach Townsville, where coastal adventures and unexpected gems are waiting to be explored.

Day 10: Townsville to Magnetic Island

0.5hrs 8km (5mi)

Board a ferry to the haven of Magnetic Island, where swimming, snorkelling and hiking are made even better by spectacular scenery.

Day 11: Magnetic Island to Cairns

1.0hrs 346km (215mi)

Board a ferry back to Townsville and hop on a flight to the bustling hub of Cairns, where days among the rainforest await. For a little more adventure, you can also opt for a 4.5-drive, winding north along the coast.

Day 12: Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest

1.5hrs 111km (69mi)

Spend a morning at the markets before driving an easy 90 minutes to explore the treasures of the Daintree Rainforest.