16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Melbourne


2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Four Mile Beach, then stop by With Sugar, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip maker website .

Melbourne to Port Douglas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Port Douglas at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

2
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 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Robina Town Shopping Centre and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach. Step out of Gold Coast to go to Byron Bay and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and look for gifts at Miami Marketta.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast route planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Byron Bay
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Head to The Original Eumundi Markets and Belmondos Organic Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marcoola Beach and Tewantin National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Sunshine Castle (in Bli Bli) and Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Point Cartwright). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Castle, Marcoola Beach, The Original Eumundi Markets
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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