16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  34​h
1
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Fraser Island tour itinerary website .

Dublin, Ireland to Fraser Island is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. Traveling from Dublin to Fraser Island, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

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
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 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the views from Story Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at GOMA, then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, then admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and finally admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

2
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.
On the 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip site .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Sydney Harbour National Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 21st (Sun), choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, then tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and then explore the galleries of Magnetic Island Museum.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sydney to Magnetic Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Magnetic Island reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & With Sugar). It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns itinerary builder website .

Getting from Magnetic Island to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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