20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  6​h
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Perth

5
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail Bike Adventures, and admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns online itinerary planner .

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. In August, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Perth - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cairns in August since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
days
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.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach journey planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, you will find days in Airlie Beach are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 23rd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in August; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Zoos & Aquariums, #Theme Parks, #Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

2
days
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 29th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): kick back and relax at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
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Lake Allom

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