23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

Make it your trip
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Perth
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Perth

— 5 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Fremantle (WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, &more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). Dedicate the 27th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Lord Forrest, take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, and make a trip to The Bell Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth day trip planning website.

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Perth reach 35°C and lows reach 17°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

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Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Perth to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Sydney is 2 hours. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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Coffs Harbour

— 1 night
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind The Big Banana Fun Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Brisbane.
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Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks
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Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Noosa visit app.

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village and then gain some tasty knowledge on Saleyards Distillery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rockhampton trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Noosa to Rockhampton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for Airlie Beach on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
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Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rockhampton in January, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

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Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.