34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 22 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Brisbane

22
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.
Visiting Surfer's Paradise Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Mooloolaba Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Main Beach (Marina Mirage & Sea World Theme Park), Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis (in Tanawha) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Kondalilla National Park. Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Surfers Paradise, Mooloolaba, Glass House Mountains, Montville
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online day trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): 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 next day: stroll through Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Lake Allom ©
Lake Allom

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing, Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands. On the 15th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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