21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  36​h
End: Manchester

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Janbal Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 16th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Manchester in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree Entomological museum, Daintree Discovery Centre, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise, then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and finally find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Peregian Beach, then wander the streets of Hastings Street, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa online trip planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and GOMA. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Brisbane route website .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim, then take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Creations at The Harbour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. February in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hervey Bay
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

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