11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Surfers Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island travel planner.

Sydney to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit warmer in Whitsunday Island: highs are around 33°C and lows about 27°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Nature
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Surfers Paradise.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Surfers Paradise is known for beaches, theme parks, museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Surfers Paradise vacation builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Surfers Paradise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Surfers Paradise at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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