19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Redmond
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
3
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Redmond

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Darling Harbour and Sydney Opera House. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, look for gifts at Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers, browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets, and take an in-depth tour of Sydney Jewish Museum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Redmond, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Redmond to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from Redmond in February, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 80°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach and then examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online attractions planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum

3
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 19th (Wed), look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Katoomba Cascades, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Brisbane to Katoomba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, Katoomba is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, The National Pass
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©

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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 22nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then stroll through Wategos Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then brush up on your military savvy at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Katoomba to Byron Bay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballina, Broken Head, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach and then wander the streets of Hastings Street.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

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.
On the 26th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and finally view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

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nights
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 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, examine the collection at Spy & Camera Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Village Herberton, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in February, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Herberton, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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