15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  3​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 1 night
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glass House Mountains National Park and Dicky Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like West End and Queen Street Mall. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Anzac Square and sample the tasty concoctions at XXXX Brewery Tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Side Trips

Dicky Beach, Glass House Mountains National Park
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West End ©
West End
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
XXXX Brewery Tour ©
XXXX Brewery Tour

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. On the next day, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

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#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Spas & Wellness

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 19th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, then hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then relax in the rural setting at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, choose your vessel at Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, Whitsunday Islands
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

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nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Townsville Palmetum, brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, then browse the exhibits of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Riverway, take in the exciting artwork at Pinnacles Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Townsville online route planner .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Riverway ©
Riverway
Townsville Palmetum ©
Townsville Palmetum

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 23rd (Sun), play a few rounds at Magnetic Island Country Club and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, then savor the flavors at Arcadia Store, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online holiday planner .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In September in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Magnetic Island Country Club ©
Magnetic Island Country Club
Arcadia Store ©
Arcadia Store

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, Crystal Cascades, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Birdworld Kuranda, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

1
night
Brisbane

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in September; daily highs in Brisbane reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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