19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  6​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tamborine Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
7
Hamilton Island
— 1 day
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h 30​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

3
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the streets of The Rocks, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning website .

Cairns to Sydney is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lennox Head Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Broken Head Nature Reserve. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World, view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, and finally trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our 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. February in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Tropical Fruit World, Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

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Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
On the 21st (Thu), learn about winemaking at Witches Falls Winery, identify plant and animal life at Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, stop by Witches Chase Cheese, then explore the galleries of CapanArt Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Thunderbird Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tamborine Mountain trip planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Tamborine Mountain in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, tram, and taxi. In February in Tamborine Mountain, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves ©
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
CapanArt Gallery ©
CapanArt Gallery
Witches Falls Winery ©
Witches Falls Winery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and finally stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tamborine Mountain to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) 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
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Visiting Lake McKenzie and Sandy Cape Lighthouse will get you outdoors.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip 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. In February in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
day
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally head outdoors with Jetryder.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island online driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island with the Route module. February in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then stroll through Myall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Discovery Centre, explore the galleries of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and finally stroll through Thornton Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Hamilton Island to Cape Tribulation takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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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 3rd (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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