13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Cairns
— Few hours
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Blueys Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

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Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Townsville online tour planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, expect nights in Townsville to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

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The Strand ©
The Strand

1
day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in April, Rockhampton is little chillier at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

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Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rockhampton in May: highs in Brisbane hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

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Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip builder site .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in May, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

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Side Trip

Lake Ainsworth
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): do a tasting at Two Tails Wines, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach, then delve into the lush surroundings at Korora Lookout, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Blueys Beach.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

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Two Tails Wines
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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

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Blueys Beach

Blueys Beach
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Elizabeth Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbar Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Seal Rocks Lighthouse.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Blueys Beach tour planning tool .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Blueys Beach in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Blueys Beach can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Blueys Beach

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Side Trips

Seal Rocks Lighthouse, Sandbar Beach
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blueys Beach to Fraser Island. You will leave for Sydney on the 8th (Tue).

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2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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