16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
1
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h
4
Atherton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Mossman
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Lady Elliot Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take a stroll through Hastings Street. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, enjoy some diversion at Buderim Lions Park, and then meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Noosa is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Noosa, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Buderim Lions Park, Australia Zoo
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

2
nights
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 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in July, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Atherton

Atherton
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 26th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tableland, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Atherton holiday builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Atherton with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hamilton Island in July: highs in Atherton hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Atherton

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Bonadio's Mabi Wildlife Reserve
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4
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Photography Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Tranquility Falls (in Daintree). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Dubuji Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, and relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation road trip site .

You can drive from Atherton to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Daintree
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

1
night
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): experience rural life at Australian Muster Experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mossman tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Mossman in 2 hours. In July in Mossman, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

1
night
Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lady Elliot Island day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Historic Sites
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Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse ©
Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse

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