22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

10
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Photography Tours. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Photography Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseshoe Bay and Heart Reef. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see The Big Mango in Bowen, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Airlie Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Freshwater Station and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Freshwater Station ©
Freshwater Station

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for little chillier nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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

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