18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  25​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h 30​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Atherton
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Pittsburgh

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 20th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane, then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and finally admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane tour itinerary maker tool .

Pittsburgh, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Brisbane is 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Pittsburgh in July, with highs in Brisbane at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Equathon Horse Riding Tours - Day Tours as well as Australia Zoo. Take a break from the city and head to Noosa National Park and Mooloolaba Beach. Kids will enjoy Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. The adventure continues: get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noosa itinerary tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Australia Zoo
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Equathon ©
Equathon
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fraser Island as well as Drop Bear Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): catch all the local highlights with Drop Bear Adventures and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Island. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, and then make a trip to The Pier.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip planning site .

Drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. July in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Drop Bear Adventures
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Drop Bear Adventures ©
Drop Bear Adventures
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You've now added Whitsunday Islands National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online day trip planner .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hervey Bay in July, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach and then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation holiday app .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Hamilton Island to Cape Tribulation in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in July, expect nights in Cape Tribulation to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

1
night
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 1st (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Atherton

Atherton
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Atherton journey builder website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Atherton by car takes about 2 hours. August in Atherton sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Nature Wildlife
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night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Atherton to Brisbane. Traveling from Atherton in August, things will get slightly colder in Brisbane: highs are around 71°F and lows about 50°F. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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