23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
4
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
car:  1​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
7
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Beerwah
— Few hours
9
Brisbane
— 2 nights
10
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
12
Newcastle
— 1 night
13
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: London

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Scuba & Snorkeling, and other attractions you added. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns attractions site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Kuranda Scenic Railway ©
Kuranda Scenic Railway

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Strand, Billabong Sanctuary and Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whitsunday Great Walk as well as Whitsundays Sailing Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Whitsunday Great Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Whitsundays Sailing Adventures.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach visit planner.

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures ©
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Agnes Water trip planner .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Agnes Water in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Agnes Water sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. You've now added Searys Creek to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, and then explore the activities along Searys Creek.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach day trip planner .

Drive from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wabby, Champagne Pools, Indian Head, and other attractions you added. On the 30th (Mon), take a memorable excursion with Fraser Explorer Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek, explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, then contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, and then explore the activities along Lake Wabby.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Fraser Explorer Tours ©
Fraser Explorer Tours

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach. You will leave for Beerwah on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

few
hours
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Beerwah day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Beerwah takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Beerwah are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Beerwah

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Bank Parklands as well as Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

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

Traveling by car from Beerwah to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
Gold Coast

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Surfer's Paradise Beach, Warner Bros. Movie World and SkyPoint Observation Deck. On the 3rd (Fri), get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast vacation planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tallow Beach, Belongil Beach, Wategos Beach, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see Soul Surf School, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tallow Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay day trip planning website .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Soul Surf School ©
Soul Surf School
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Newcastle day trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Newcastle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Newcastle are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll set off for Sydney on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
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've added Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, The Rocks, The Royal Botanic Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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