17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 8 nights
End: Gold Coast

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip planner .

Gold Coast to Airlie Beach is an approximately 7-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Gold Coast in June, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip maker .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in June, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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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. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast, Xscape Reality, Gold Coast Indoor Paintball, and other attractions you added. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Cape Byron Lighthouse), Caloundra (Dicky Beach & Moffat Beach) and Glow Worm Caves (in North Tamborine). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. June in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tamborine Mountain, Byron Bay, Caloundra, Cedar Creek Falls
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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