56 days in Australia Itinerary

56 days in Australia Itinerary

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56 days in Australia Itinerary

Cairns
Fly:  2​h
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cairns
— 42 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly + ferry:  9​h 45​min
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Cairns

2
days
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 25th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary planner .

Cairns to Townsville is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Glow Worm Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast attractions planner.

Getting from Townsville to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Townsville in May, with highs in Gold Coast at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Glow Worm Caves
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Glow Worm Caves ©
Glow Worm Caves

43
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.
Family-friendly places like Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Atherton Tablelands will thrill your kids. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation, Davies Creek National Park, & more), Golden Drop Mango Winery (in Biboohra) and Yungaburra (Curtain Fig National Park, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, & more). Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Etty Bay, and experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Kuranda, Yungaburra, Millaa Millaa, Cairns Region, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

2
days
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 11th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Janbal Gallery, and then tee off at Mossman Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

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 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Side Trip

Mossman
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Janbal Gallery ©
Janbal Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bloomfield Waterfall and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation online trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

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Side Trip

Bloomfield Waterfall
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

2
days
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.
On the 17th (Tue), trek along Whitsunday Great Walk and then step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): choose your vessel at Charter Yachts Australia and then relax in the rural setting at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Airlie Beach takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Tribulation in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, Whitsunday Islands
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

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