19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
8
Townsville
— 1 night
9
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Doha

3
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.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at The Rocks Markets, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip website .

Doha, Qatar to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Sydney is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Doha in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, then examine the collection at Roto House, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, then take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in December: highs in Byron Bay hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, then stroll through Marcoola Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Buderim Forest Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Noosa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Buderim Forest Park, Lows Lookout
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

1
night
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 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, stroll through Dicky Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and finally look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

1
night
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 28th (Sat): stop by Colour Me Crazy, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and finally kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Colour Me Crazy
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Colour Me Crazy ©
Colour Me Crazy

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

Plan my day in Townsville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

5
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.
Do your shopping at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, and explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Birdworld Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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