19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online driving holiday planner .

Cairns to Fraser Island is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You can also do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
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 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Dicky Beach, then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, and then take a stroll through West End. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
West End ©
West End

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 17th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, then look for gifts at Magnetic Island Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Brisbane to Magnetic Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Magnetic Island at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by combination of bus, car, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Planning Hamilton Island trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Hamilton Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Tribulation in September: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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 27th (Thu): stroll through Boathaven Beach, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, and then stop by Whitsunday Opals. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Whitsunday Bullet and then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

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Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Sea Sprint ©
Sea Sprint
Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire

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