15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Emu Park
— 1 day
Travel:  2​h 45​min
9
Great Keppel Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
12
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Visiting Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
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Byron Bay

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 1st (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Before you visit Gold Coast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Byron Bay in July, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

Discover how to plan a Brisbane trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Noosa day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Searys Creek, then kick back and relax at Rainbow Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip site .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Emu Park.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

1
day
Emu Park

Emu Park ©
Emu Park is a small town and locality on the Capricorn Coast located 21 kilometres south of Yeppoon in Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Emu Park Art Gallery, walk around Anzac Plaza Emu Park, then make a trip to Singing Ship, and finally walk around Hartley Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Emu Park trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Emu Park with the Route module. July in Emu Park sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Keppel Island.

Things to do in Emu Park

Parks Shopping Museums
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Emu Park Art Gallery ©
Emu Park Art Gallery
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship

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Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Monkey Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelving Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Great Keppel Island online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Emu Park to Great Keppel Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Great Keppel Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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1
night
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 9th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Great Keppel Island to Townsville with the Route module. Traveling from Great Keppel Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Townsville, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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 12th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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