12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Daintree
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Coolum Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Village Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning website .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Daintree.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 31st (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Daintree vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Daintree takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Daintree are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Daintree

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Photography Tours

1
night
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.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Daintree to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Daintree in November, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 21°C. You will leave for Gold Coast on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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4
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.
Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, make a splash at Dreamworld, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip maker .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Coolum Beach.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
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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

2
nights
Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. On the 6th (Wed), cool off at BLAST Aqua Park Coolum, look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Coolum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): step aboard HMAS Brisbane, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, then make a splash at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout.

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You can drive from Gold Coast to Coolum Beach in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Coolum Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Wirreanda Park
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum ©
BLAST Aqua Park Coolum

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