18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visiting Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Central Station Rainforest will get you outdoors. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island vacation maker site .

London, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On the 20th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach travel planning site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 29°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Des Spencer Galleries and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Spend the 24th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery.

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You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in September, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

4
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.
St Monica's Cathedral and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Village Gallery). There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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