21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Gladstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Port Macquarie
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin

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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Palm Cove Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Jaques Coffee Plantation, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and then identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route planner.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Gallo DairyLand ©
Gallo DairyLand

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Charley's Chocolate Factory. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get behind the scenes at Charley's Chocolate Factory and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Charley's Chocolate Factory ©
Charley's Chocolate Factory

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then hike along Alligator Falls Track.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Townsville itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Townsville, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Alligator Falls Track, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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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 (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip maker tool .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in July, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Awoonga, then take some stellar pictures from Round Hill Lookout, then browse the exhibits of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, and finally let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Wild Cattle Island National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gladstone online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Gladstone with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in July since evenings lows in Gladstone dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Awoonga, Wild Cattle Island National Park
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Lake Awoonga ©
Lake Awoonga
Wild Cattle Island National Park ©
Wild Cattle Island National Park

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable tour with Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, and then let little ones run wild at Queens Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach, take an in-depth tour of Palace Backpackers Memorial, and then admire the landmark architecture of Maryborough City Hall.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay tour planner.

Getting from Gladstone to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hervey Bay when traveling from Gladstone in July, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial
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Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright, and then enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Noosa holiday builder app .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Caloundra Lighthouses
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lake Ainsworth
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Lake Ainsworth ©
Lake Ainsworth
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Port Macquarie Museum, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then learn about winemaking at Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rocks Ferry Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Byron Bay in August: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Wauchope
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Centre for Photography. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip tool .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Manly
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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