17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 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:  1​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
8
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Cooktown
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
10
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
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:  4​h 15​min
14
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  26​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.
On the 19th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online tour itinerary 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Cairns. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kuranda.

Things to do in Cairns

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Peter Jarver Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at BatReach, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Macalister Brewing Company.

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Kuranda is just a stone's throw from Cairns. In August, daytime highs in Kuranda are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife 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.
For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island online visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Newhaven to Hamilton Island. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newhaven in August: high temperatures in Hamilton Island hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. You will leave for Airlie Beach on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hamilton Island to Magnetic Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Hamilton Island, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Magnetic Island, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time 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.
On the 24th (Sat), learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Townsville online trip itinerary maker .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In August, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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.
On the 25th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online trip itinerary maker .

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 slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), get outside with Eclipse FNQ Charters, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, and finally explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Port Douglas hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catcht the 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), view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

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Palm Cove is just a short distance from Port Douglas. In August, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Grassy Hill, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cooktown trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Palm Cove to Cooktown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can 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.
Kick 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 find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cooktown to Brisbane. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up 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 ©
On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Eli Creek.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. 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

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, then appreciate the history behind Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Burleigh Head National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): wander the streets of The Rocks, hunt for treasures at The Rocks Markets, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Speed Boats Tours

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 26th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at The Sensory Tasmania, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hobart day trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Hobart at 15°C and lows at 4°C. On the 27th (Tue), you're off toAdelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Richmond, Museum of Old and New Art, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art

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