11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  13​h
5
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
End: London

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 30th (Mon), stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, you will find days in Airlie Beach are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

1
day
Port Douglas

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.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

Plan a Port Douglas trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
day
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 (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In October, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Port Douglas - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mammoth Cave will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Meelup Beach and Hamelin Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Jewel Cave, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, & more) and Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Lake Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River day trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Boranup, Meelup Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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