18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns attractions planning tool .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by With Sugar and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, kick back and relax at Mission Beach, then stop by The Pocket, and finally don't miss a visit to Golden Gumboot.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mission Beach driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Pocket, Golden Gumboot
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot
The Pocket ©
The Pocket

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach vacation planner .

Getting from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rockhampton planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yeppoon Main Beach
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout, take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, and finally enjoy some diversion at East Shores Water Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gladstone trip app .

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Gladstone takes 1.5 hours. In March in Gladstone, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Round Hill Lookout ©
Round Hill Lookout
Auckland Hill Lookout ©
Auckland Hill Lookout

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Park, and then kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay trip tool .

You can drive from Gladstone to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In March in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peregian Beach and Buderim Forest Park. Get outdoors at Mount Coolum and Tewantin National Park. Step out of Noosa with an excursion to Marcoola Beach in Marcoola--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Mount Coolum
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

3
nights
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.
You've now added Natural Bridge to your itinerary. Visit Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at King Island and Shorncliffe Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, King Island, Natural Bridge
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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