21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
car:  17​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
car+ferry+car:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Copenhagen

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atherton Tablelands and Gallo DairyLand. Step out of the city life by going to Michaelmas Cay and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Granite Gorge Nature Park (in Mareeba). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mareeba, Historic Village Herberton
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Gallo DairyLand ©
Gallo DairyLand

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Bloomfield Waterfall
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4
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Visiting Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island road trip planning app .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Whitsunday Island by combination of car and train takes about 17 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cape Tribulation in October since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 19°C. You'll set off for Fraser Island on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek will get you outdoors.

Plan trip to Fraser Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

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.
On the 29th (Mon), get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

2
nights
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 31st (Wed): stroll through Shelly Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, then kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Terrigal Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney route tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Terrigal Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

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