21 days in Perth, Whitsundays & Brisbane Itinerary

21 days in Perth, Whitsundays & Brisbane Itinerary

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21 days in Perth, Whitsundays & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Perth
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

5
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kids will enjoy Cottesloe Beach and Adventure World Perth Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, get to know the resident critters at Perth Zoo, and have fun at The Nostalgia Box Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perth road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Perth is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Perth reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Adventure World Perth Australia, Lake Claremont, Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth Zoo
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Adventure World Perth Australia ©
Adventure World Perth Australia

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wild life Hamilton Island will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, and head outdoors with Jetryder.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Hamilton Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Perth in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 8th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach road trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Dreamworld (in Coomera), Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brisbane, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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