22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online travel route builder .

London, UK to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Fraser Island is 10 hours. In January, Fraser Island is much hotter than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Byron Walking Track and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Wategos Beach, kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Byron Bay in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Fraser Island in January, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and find something for the whole family at Wet 'n' Wild Water World.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey builder .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Bondi Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 2nd (Sat), stop by Coffee Works, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Botanical Gardens and Helicopter Tours. Spend the 4th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

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