16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  27​h
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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Kuranda
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
8
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
10
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
11
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
12
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 15 hours. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kuranda.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nudey Beach ©
Nudey Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

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Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, explore the galleries of Peter Jarver Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at BatReach, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Macalister Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuranda trip itinerary maker tool .

Kuranda is just a stone's throw from Cairns. In August in Kuranda, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Kuranda

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Macalister Brewing Company
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Peter Jarver Gallery ©
Peter Jarver Gallery
Macalister Brewing Company ©
Macalister Brewing Company

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island road trip planner .

Getting from Kuranda to Hamilton Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Kuranda, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. You will leave for Magnetic Island on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 23rd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hamilton Island to Magnetic Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Hamilton Island in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Magnetic Island, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Townsville road trip planning tool .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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The Strand ©
The Strand

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in August, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get outside with Eclipse FNQ Charters, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Shopping Museums
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Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 27th (Tue), browse the exhibits of Village Gallery, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Palm Cove road trip tool .

Palm Cove is very close to Port Douglas. August in Palm Cove sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then browse the exhibits of Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cooktown trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Palm Cove to Cooktown with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cooktown

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cooktown to Brisbane. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island driving holiday site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Beaches
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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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 31st (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets.

Plan a trip to Sydney easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping
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The Rocks Markets ©
The Rocks Markets

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