16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  8​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Townsville
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h
End: Christchurch


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3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Green Island, Sunlover Reef Cruises, Kuranda Scenic Railway, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach.

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

Christchurch, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in July, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sunlover Reef Cruises, Trinity Beach
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Kuranda Scenic Railway ©
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
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.
On the 10th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), get where you need to go with Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etty Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach online itinerary maker .

Getting from Wonga Beach to Mission Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Etty Bay
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

3
nights
Townsville

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 19th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then stroll through The Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Townsville road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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hours
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stop by Magnetic Island Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In July, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Whitsunday Great Walk. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wonga Beach to Airlie Beach. When traveling from Wonga Beach in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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