16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Rockhampton
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
Bundaberg
— 1 night
train + taxi:  1​h
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Coffs Harbour
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Blueys Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Zurich

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns journey website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Townsville.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

1
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.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Rockhampton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rockhampton, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bundaberg.

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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre

1
day
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

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Take a train from Rockhampton to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Bundaberg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

1
day
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Esplanade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Hamilton Island.

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Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
day
Hamilton Island

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get outside with Jetryder and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island day trip planning app .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 6th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane attractions planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 15°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Byron Bay.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planning website .

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. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Byron Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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hours
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
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Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Blueys Beach.

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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

2
days
Blueys Beach

Blueys Beach ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Elizabeth Beach, then kick back and relax at Cellito Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Seal Rocks Lighthouse. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Blueys Beach day trip website .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Blueys Beach in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blueys Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Seal Rocks Lighthouse, Cellito Beach
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Cellito Beach ©
Cellito Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip site .

You can drive from Blueys Beach to Sydney in 3.5 hours. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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