21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
7
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
8
Fitzroy Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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 Airlie Beach Day Sailing, Whitsundays Sailing Adventures and Whitsunday Segway Tours. On the 21st (Sat), see Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, do sightseeing your way with Airlie Beach Day Sailing, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, cruise the town with Whitsunday Segway Tours, look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour planner.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures ©
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane online vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Champagne Pools. On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then get great views at Rex Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rex Lookout, Spas, Four Mile Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sydney Opera House as well as Bondi Beach. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then wander the streets of King Street.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Crown Casino, Spas, Wine Tours & Tastings, and other attractions. On the 1st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then try your luck at Crown Casino, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Rye Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online travel planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza, Rye Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Cowes Beach, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Cowes Beach ©
Cowes Beach
Cape Woolamai Beach ©
Cape Woolamai 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.
On the 4th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, and then kick back and relax at Belongil Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tropical Fruit World
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

3
nights
Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fitzroy Island National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fitzroy Island road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Byron Bay to Fitzroy Island. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fitzroy Island when traveling from Byron Bay in January, with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park

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