20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
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Sydney
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Yamba
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
10
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Speed Boats Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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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.
On the 28th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then take in the waterfront at Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay journey planner.

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Gold Coast in May, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yamba.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Ballina
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
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Yamba

Yamba ©
Yamba is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia at the mouth of the Clarence River. On the 30th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Maclean Lookout, stroll through Main Beach Yamba, and then perfect your strike at Bowlo Leisure Centre.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamba trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Yamba by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Yamba

Fun & Games Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maclean Lookout
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Main Beach Yamba ©
Main Beach Yamba
Maclean  Lookout ©
Maclean Lookout

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night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 31st (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Champagne Pools and then contemplate the waterfront views at Indian Head.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Yamba to Fraser Island with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then make a trip to HMAS Brisbane.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Noosa travel route planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
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Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in June since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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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 8th (Sat): go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary tool .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In June in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Spas

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night
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online 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. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Magnetic Island, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Mission Beach, then explore the galleries of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and finally look for gifts at The Pocket.

Plan trip to Mission Beach with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Beaches

Side Trip

The Pocket
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
The Pocket ©
The Pocket

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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.
On the 12th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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