26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Canberra
Drive:  11​h 45​min
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
South West Rocks
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h 45​min
Townsville
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  25​h
Canberra

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, and finally get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Summerland House Farm, and finally head outdoors with Hastings Point Headland.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay sightseeing planner .

Canberra to Byron Bay is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in September, with highs in Byron Bay at 28°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Hastings Point Headland, Lighthouse Beach, Summerland House Farm, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Head National Park and Tropical Fruit World. Explore Gold Coast's surroundings by going to Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head) and New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach and pause for some photo ops at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Gold Coast, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tropical Fruit World, New Govardhana Australia, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 4th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mooloolaba online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mooloolaba can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to South West Rocks.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
days
South West Rocks

South West Rocks ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Crescent Head Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Scotts Head Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol. On the next day, kick back and relax at Arakoon National Park.

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Explore your travel options from Mooloolaba to South West Rocks with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in South West Rocks are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in South West Rocks

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent Head Lookout, Scotts Head Beach
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Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol

2
days
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hastings River, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at North Brother Mountain, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Old Bottlebutt.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Macquarie attractions planning tool .

You can drive from South West Rocks to Port Macquarie in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South West Rocks in October, you will find days in Port Macquarie are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Bottlebutt, Pilot Beach, North Brother Mountain
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Pilot Beach ©
Pilot Beach

few
hours
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Townsville takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in October, expect nights in Townsville to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are much warmer, around 34°C. On the 9th (Tue), you're off toCairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Michaelmas Cay and Gallo DairyLand. Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and Millaa Millaa Falls. Spend the 10th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online route planner .

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Millaa Millaa Falls
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
days
Port Douglas

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.
On the 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally head outdoors with Horses in Port. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
days
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.
Visit Myall Beach and Cow Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Alexandra Bay Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from Cape Tribulation to Cow Bay to see Daintree Discovery Centre about 34 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

2
days
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 18th (Thu), get outside with Jetryder, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then perfect your strike at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry, car, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Hamilton Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Cape Tribulation, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Parks
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Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track
Sports Club ©
Sports Club

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, then choose your vessel at Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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