37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 16 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 30​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by With Sugar, look for gifts at Coffee Works, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online vacation builder .

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Myall Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation road trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stroll through Kurrawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

16
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Chenrezig Institute. Step out of the city life by going to Kings Beach and Bulcock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Caloundra (Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, MaisyMoo, & more) and Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Conondale National Park. Spend the 15th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Art on Cairncross, stroll through Maroochydore Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online route planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Buderim, Montville, Chenrezig Institute, Art on Cairncross
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then take a stroll through Hastings Street, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Artisans Gallery
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 6.5 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 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach journey maker .

Getting from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach by combination of car and ferry takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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