19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
9
Karumba
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and contemplate the long history of Government House.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder site .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll through Tallow Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then stroll through Broken Head Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Nepalese Pagoda ©
Nepalese Pagoda
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Champagne Pools and then kick back and relax at Indian Head.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Champagne Pools ©
Champagne Pools

1
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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

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 November in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a 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

1
night
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 9th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Airlie Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 10th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island itinerary planning site .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. November in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 11th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at With Sugar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Karumba.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
day
Karumba

Karumba is a town and locality in the Shire of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Karumba road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Karumba takes 9.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in November; daily highs in Karumba reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Karumba

Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, stop by Annie's Ladies Boutique, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip app .

Getting from Karumba to Cairns by car takes about 9 hours. In November, Cairns is a bit cooler than Karumba - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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