18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Show Low
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
7
Katoomba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Show Low


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2
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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coolangatta Beach and Tugun Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online driving holiday planner .

Show Low, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Show Low to Gold Coast, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Show Low in November, expect Gold Coast to be much hotter, temps between 79°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Head Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. November in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Byron Bay to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Byron Bay in November, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In November in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

1
day
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Katoomba fast, fun, and easy.

Do a combination of flight and train from Whitsunday Island to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Whitsunday Island in November; daily highs in Katoomba reach 82°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Echo Point Lookout ©
Echo Point Lookout

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nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in November, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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