13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London


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1
day
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.
On the 12th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning website .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Brisbane at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Nepalese Pagoda ©
Nepalese Pagoda

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 14th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Allom and then enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online vacation maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Gold Coast to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach journey builder app .

Traveling by bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 18th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. In February in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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night
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 19th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas attractions planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 20th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then stop by Annie's Ladies Boutique, and finally trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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