31 days in United States, Bahamas & Cairns Itinerary

31 days in United States, Bahamas & Cairns Itinerary

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31 days in United States, Bahamas & Cairns Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Andros, Bahamas
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
George Town, Bahamas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Salvador, Bahamas
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Eleuthera, Bahamas
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 45​min
5
Nassau, Bahamas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Miami, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
10
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia


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1
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Andros, Bahamas

Andros ©
With the island large and largely undeveloped, Andros itineraries focus mainly on its superb natural features.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Andros Wall, then stroll through Rainbow Blue Hole Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Morgan's Bluff. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Holes National Park, then explore and take pictures at Forfar Field Station, and then see the vivid underwater world at Andros Barrier Reef.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Andros tour builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Andros is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to Andros. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Andros at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to George Town.

Things to do in Andros

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Blue Holes National Park ©
Blue Holes National Park
Morgan's Bluff ©
Morgan's Bluff
Forfar Field Station ©
Forfar Field Station

2
nights
George Town, Bahamas

George Town ©
Few island getaways are more idyllic than George Town, a small settlement on the east coast of the Bahamian island of Exuma.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the gorgeous colors at Exuma Wall, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Plum Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Sandpiper Arts & Crafts, kick back and relax at Hooper's Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Beaches of Stocking Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Anglican Church.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the George Town holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Andros to George Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Exuma
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Beaches of Stocking Island ©
Beaches of Stocking Island
Hooper's Bay Beach ©
Hooper's Bay Beach
St. Andrew's Anglican Church ©
St. Andrew's Anglican Church

1
night
San Salvador, Bahamas

San Salvador ©
An island with history and nature in equal measure, San Salvador offers a wealth of attractions to fill a varied itinerary.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through East Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Rum Cay.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Salvador trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from George Town to San Salvador takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Eleuthera.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Beaches
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Rum Cay ©
Rum Cay

3
nights
Eleuthera, Bahamas

Eleuthera ©
The long, thin island of Eleuthera has plenty of coast, built up in places and left wild and rural in others.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve and French Leave Beach. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, pick up some local products at Eleuthera Island Farm, step off the mainland to explore Bahamas Ocean Safaris, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Queens Bath.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Eleuthera online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from San Salvador to Eleuthera in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nassau.

Things to do in Eleuthera

Parks Nature Beaches
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Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve ©
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Queens Bath ©
Queens Bath
Eleuthera Island Farm ©
Eleuthera Island Farm

3
nights
Nassau, Bahamas

On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nassau Native Quest and Beach and Doongalik Studios. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Junkanoo World Museum & Arts Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for gifts at Craft Cottage Bahamas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nassau online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Eleuthera to Nassau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. May in Nassau sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Marsh Harbour.

Things to do in Nassau

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Marine Habitat at Atlantis
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Food Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Marine Habitat at Atlantis ©
Marine Habitat at Atlantis

2
nights
Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

Marsh Harbour ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Pelican Cays National Park. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Hope Town Lighthouse, admire all the interesting features of Abaco Neem Limited, then stop by Vernon's Grocery, and finally kick back and relax at Treasure Cay Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marsh Harbour online route planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Nassau to Marsh Harbour in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Bahama Island.

Things to do in Marsh Harbour

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Abaco Island
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Abaco Neem Limited ©
Abaco Neem Limited
Elbow Cay Lighthouse ©
Elbow Cay Lighthouse

3
nights
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Grand Bahama Island ©
Despite its name, Grand Bahama Island isn't the biggest island in its archipelago.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gold Rock Beach and Fortune Beach. There's much more to do: get outside with Experience Grand Bahama Island with Hida, look for gifts at Coastal Mojo, explore the striking landscape at Shark Alley, and view the masterpieces at Leo's Art Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Bahama Island online holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Marsh Harbour to Grand Bahama Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Grand Bahama Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Grand Bahama Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Gold Rock Beach ©
Gold Rock Beach
Fortune Beach ©
Fortune Beach

3
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Change things up with these side-trips from Miami: Everglades National Park (in Florida City) and Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Wynwood Walls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll along Miami Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miami trip planning website .

Fly from Grand Bahama Island to Miami in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Everglades National Park
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Wynwood Walls ©
Wynwood Walls
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Miami Beach Boardwalk ©
Miami Beach Boardwalk

2
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and Columbia Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway (in Manasquan), Mantoloking Bridge County Park (in Brick) and The Museum Manor of St. George (in Shirley). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ken Lockwood Gorge WIldlife Management Area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, appreciate the history behind Tear Drop Memorial, and make a trip to Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey - Waterfront 9/11 Memorial - #8.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

Getting from Miami to New York City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Miami in May, things will get a bit cooler in New York City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Shirley, Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, Mantoloking Bridge County Park, Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey - Waterfront 9/11 Memorial - #8, Columbia Trail
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Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market
Mantoloking Bridge County Park ©
Mantoloking Bridge County Park

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nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Babinda Boulders and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Glacier Rock Lookout, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday builder app .

Getting from New York City to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 23.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Cairns. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Mossman Gorge Centre, Glacier Rock Lookout
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Safaris
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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