24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  26​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Byron Bay
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hamburg

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Captain Cook Highway. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands and admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Brisbane is 9 hours. Traveling from Hamburg in October, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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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.
On the 1st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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night
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 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

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Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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hours
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island road trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Byron Bay to Magnetic Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in November since evenings lows in Magnetic Island dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 5th (Mon), trek along Kennedy Walking Track, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mission Beach day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 8th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and stop by Coffee Works.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Port Douglas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 9th (Fri), play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. November in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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night
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.
On the 10th (Sat), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island online visit planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head will get you outdoors.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
K'gari ©
K'gari

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Visit Manly Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fraser Island in November: highs in Sydney hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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