10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, stroll through Trinity Beach, then look for gifts at Annie's Ladies Boutique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Cairns. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Tribulation vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip website .

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): get outside with Jetryder and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island holiday builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then step aboard Maheno Wreck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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