22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Palm Cove
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: Dusseldorf

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns route planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in July, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Balloon Rides
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island itinerary planner .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: highs in Hamilton Island hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach road trip website .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Smalleys Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Hillsborough online trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cape Hillsborough by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in July since evenings lows in Cape Hillsborough dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then take in the views from Story Bridge. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and then take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Cape Hillsborough to Brisbane with the Route module. Traveling from Cape Hillsborough in July, Brisbane is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and then explore the activities along Noosa River.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Noosa road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Artisans Gallery
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Noosa River ©
Noosa River
Artisans Gallery ©
Artisans Gallery

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Fraser Island trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In July in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
On the 27th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Deepwater National Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Agnes Water day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Agnes Water takes 6 hours. Traveling from Fraser Island in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Agnes Water. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Nature
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1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Farnborough Beach, ponder the design of Keppel Kraken, then look for gifts at Coastal Funk, then take some stellar pictures from Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, and finally stroll through Anzac Plaza Emu Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yeppoon trip planner .

You can drive from Agnes Water to Yeppoon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Agnes Water in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Yeppoon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Anzac Plaza Emu Park
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Anzac Plaza Emu Park ©
Anzac Plaza Emu Park
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken
Coastal Funk ©
Coastal Funk

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill, and then make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville route website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yeppoon to Townsville. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yeppoon in July since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll through Mission Beach, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Cove road trip website .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Palm Cove in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Palm Cove sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation visit planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Palm Cove to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry. In July in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agincourt Reef and Spas & Wellness. Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for gifts at With Sugar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online road trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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