27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  11​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  15​h
3
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
5
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​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, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, 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 Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ©
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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 Heart Reef, Whitsunday Great Walk and Whitsundays Sailing Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see Whitsundays Sailing Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whitsunday Great Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures ©
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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 The Pinnacles, Indian Head, Champagne Pools, and other attractions you added. On the 28th (Sat), 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 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake Wabby ©
Lake Wabby

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 Brisbane on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

3
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 The Brisbane River, Story Bridge, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): have fun at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then snap pictures at Story Bridge, and finally explore the activities along The Brisbane River.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane route maker site .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Big Prawn (in Ballina). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, and relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

Start your trip to Byron Bay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 21°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toGold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Big Prawn, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip maker .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

3
nights
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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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