22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 8th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner .

Beijing, China to Cairns is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Hastings Street and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

2
nights
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 19th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then stop by Byron Bay Cookies Retail Store, and finally explore and take pictures at The Farm Byron Bay. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planning tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Farm Byron Bay ©
The Farm Byron Bay

4
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Byron Bay in April: highs in Sydney hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 25th (Thu), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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