51 days in Australia Itinerary

51 days in Australia Itinerary

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51 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Cairns
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Herberton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Mossman
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Trinity Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Gold Coast
— 11 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
13
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
14
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
16
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 1st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, then look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Shute Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach visit planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 20°C. You will leave for Townsville on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at The Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville holiday builder website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect nights in Townsville to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

10
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trail Bike Adventures will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, get interesting insight from Tours, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Herberton.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Herberton

Herberton ©
Herberton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Curtain Fig National Park. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tableland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Malanda Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Cathedral Fig Tree.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Herberton day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Herberton takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Herberton

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Atherton Tableland, Malanda Falls
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
Malanda Falls ©
Malanda Falls

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): do a tasting at Golden Drop Mango Winery, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Doongul Aboriginal Art Gallery. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Emu Ridge Gallery, look for gifts at Our Animals Our Earth, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuranda Koala Gardens, then relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and finally admire the sheer force of Barron Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kuranda trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Herberton to Kuranda takes 1.5 hours. In July in Kuranda, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Kuranda

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden Drop Mango Winery, Jaques Coffee Plantation
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Barron Falls ©
Barron Falls

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then get great views at Rex Lookout. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Cove trip planner.

Palm Cove is just a short distance from Kuranda. July in Palm Cove sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Palm Cove

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Rex Lookout
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 21st (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Palm Cove to Port Douglas by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mossman.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and then play a few rounds at Mossman Golf Club. On the next day, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach, and then meet the residents at Daintree Wild Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mossman sightseeing planner .

Mossman is just a short distance from Port Douglas. In July, daytime highs in Mossman are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will leave for Cape Tribulation on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Mossman

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree Wild Zoo, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation Horse Rides and Myall Beach. On the 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Myall Beach and then take a pleasant ride with Cape Tribulation Horse Rides.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation road trip site .

Traveling by car from Mossman to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Trinity Beach.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
nights
Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Earl Hill, enjoy some diversion at Cable Ski Cairns, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Trinity Beach attractions planning site .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Trinity Beach in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Trinity Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

11
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.
Get outdoors at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Popular historic sites such as Cape Byron Lighthouse and Fingal Head Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Les Rodgers Memorial Park. Next up on the itinerary: try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Kurrawa Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Trinity Beach to Gold Coast with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Trinity Beach in July: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tropical Fruit World, Glow Worm Caves, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 9:
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, and then stroll through Bulcock Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies and then hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Caloundra travel route planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Caloundra by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Caloundra sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Maleny
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, then step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mooloolaba driving holiday planner.

Mooloolaba is very close to Caloundra. August in Mooloolaba sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Buderim Forest Park
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Here are some ideas for day two: choose your vessel at Lake Escapades and then take in nature's colorful creations at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip maker app .

Drive from Mooloolaba to Noosa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Escapades, Noosa Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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Lake Escapades ©
Lake Escapades
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burrum Heads Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits ©
Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 18th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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