20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Boomerang Art - Aboriginal Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast travel route planner.

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 29th (Sun), hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Montville Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maleny trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Maleny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Maleny can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Trails Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Montville, Chenrezig Institute
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Montville Art Gallery ©
Montville Art Gallery

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Noosa National Park and Noosa Main Beach. Relax by the water at Mooloolaba Beach and Peregian Beach. Step out of Noosa with an excursion to Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Everglades.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa day trip planning site .

Drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Sunshine Castle, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joseph Banks Regional Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seventeen Seventy route planner .

Drive from Noosa to Seventeen Seventy in 4.5 hours. In October in Seventeen Seventy, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Nature Wildlife Parks
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6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seventeen Seventy to Cairns. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Thornton Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Castle Hill and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Townsville are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 14th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. It doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and stop by Beach Book Boutique.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Townsville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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