29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  8​h 45​min
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  5​h
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  8​h 15​min
Maleny
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Daydream Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
End: Cairns

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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 11th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary tool .

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Dicky Beach and then get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane visit planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

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Dicky Beach
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then get great views at Rex Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Doongul Aboriginal Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then buy something for everyone on your list at Smithfield Shopping Centre, and finally stroll through Trinity Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palm Cove trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Palm Cove takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Palm Cove reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Kuranda, Rex Lookout, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Trinity Beach, Golden Drop Mango Winery
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Hastings Street, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peregian Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Palm Cove to Noosa in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Coolum, Noosa Botanic Gardens
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 19th (Wed), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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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 23rd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, and finally go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker website .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

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#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

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

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hours
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, then get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, Magnetic Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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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 27th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip itinerary planning tool .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then stroll through Four Mile Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maleny.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

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Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Maleny holiday planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus from Port Douglas to Maleny in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in September: high temperatures in Maleny hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Maleny

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Trails

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Montville Art Gallery
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Maleny Cheese ©
Maleny Cheese
Montville Art Gallery ©
Montville Art Gallery

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Daydream Island

Daydream Island ©
On the 2nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Daydream Island trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maleny to Daydream Island. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Maleny in October since evenings lows in Daydream Island dip to 24°C. You will leave for Cairns on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Daydream Island

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Daydream Island Living Reef ©
Daydream Island Living Reef

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tanks Arts Centre and Luminous Lights. Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, play a few rounds at Cairns Golf Club, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Daydream Island to Cairns. While traveling from Daydream Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 24°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Tanks Arts Centre
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
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