19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4​h
1
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
8
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get outdoors at Catseye Beach and Jetryder. Step off the beaten path and head to Hamilton Island Golf Club and Go-Kart Racing Track. The adventure continues: make a trip to Passage Peak, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, get your game on at Sports Club, and perfect your strike at Hamilton Island Bowling Alley.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island vacation maker site .

Sydney to Hamilton Island is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, stop by Colour Me Crazy, then examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, then browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Proserpine
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville online trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, then look for gifts at Arcadia Store, then kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Horseshoe Bay Markets. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Magnetic Island Country Club and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island tour itinerary planner.

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In April in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Magnetic Island Country Club ©
Magnetic Island Country Club

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 8th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, then admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cooktown trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas route tool .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Photography Tours
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mayfield Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Katoomba Cascades. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Katoomba trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Katoomba in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in April: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Mayfield Garden, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum ©
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Sublime Point Lookout ©
Sublime Point Lookout