17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Cairns
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Rockhampton
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Blueys Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Sydney

2
days
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): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Palm Cove Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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days
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 1st (Tue): choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, and then stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
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Whitsunday Great Walk

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 3rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre and then stroll through The Strand.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in May: highs in Townsville hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

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day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kershaw Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

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Traveling by flight from Townsville to Rockhampton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in May, Rockhampton is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bundaberg.

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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg road trip planning site .

You can 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. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

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#Breweries, #Museums, #Shopping
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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery ©
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island
To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island travel planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Bundaberg to Fraser Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 6th (Sun), you're off toBrisbane.

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Brisbane by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

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Dicky Beach
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Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol

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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 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Wategos Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Byron Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Brisbane in May, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Coffs Harbour.

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#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour trip itinerary maker tool .

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, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Blueys Beach.

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#Parks, #Trails, #Beaches
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
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Blueys Beach

Blueys Beach
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Elizabeth Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Sandbar Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Seal Rocks Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Blueys Beach itinerary planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Blueys Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Blueys Beach are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blueys Beach

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

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Sandbar Beach, Seal Rocks Lighthouse
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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

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Drive from Blueys Beach to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks