19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Cairns is 10 hours. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools and then don't miss a visit to K'gari.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
K'gari ©
K'gari

1
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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, view the masterpieces at Noosa Regional gallery, and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Noosa using our trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
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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 14th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then enjoy some diversion at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane vacation tool .

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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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.
On the 16th (Mon), laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach and then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at National Sports Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday builder tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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