24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
+3
bus + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Byron Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Pokolbin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin

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.
Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Crystal Caves and Bones and Jones. Step out of Cairns to go to Babinda and see Babinda Boulders, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder site .

Dublin, Ireland to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Cairns. Traveling from Dublin in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

The Crystal Caves, Babinda Boulders
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kurrimine Beach Horse Rides as well as Kennedy Walking Track. On the 25th (Thu), hike along Kennedy Walking Track, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then trot along with Kurrimine Beach Horse Rides.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Mission Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Kurrimine Beach Horse Rides
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Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 26th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, browse the exhibits of Magnetic Island Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for gifts at Above & Below Photography, hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, then tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, and then tour the water at your own pace with Airlie Boat Hire.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. While traveling from Magnetic Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Mon), stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in July since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek, explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head, and then make a trip to K'gari.

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Getting from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then do a tasting at Gecko Valley Winery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, and finally get great views at Round Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gladstone vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Gladstone with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fraser Island in August since evenings lows in Gladstone dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Wineries Fun & Games
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East Shores Water Park ©
East Shores Water Park
Gecko Valley Winery ©
Gecko Valley Winery

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, then kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Noosa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gladstone to Noosa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

1
day
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 (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay holiday planning tool .

Drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Lennox Head
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, and finally kick back and relax at One Mile Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nelson Bay itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Nelson Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Byron Bay in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nelson Bay: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

One Mile Beach, Tomaree Head
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Port Stephens Community Art Centre ©

1
night
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Petersons Wines, meet the residents at Hunter Valley Zoo, then tee off at Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club, then learn about winemaking at Oakvale Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Glandore Estate Wines.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pokolbin trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Pokolbin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Pokolbin

Outdoors Wineries Golf

Side Trips

Petersons Wines, Hunter Valley Zoo, Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:
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Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo
Petersons Wines ©
Petersons Wines
Oakvale Wines ©
Oakvale Wines

4
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 off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach, Don Bank Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
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