22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney online day trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
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 30th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, browse the different shops at Marina Mirage, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and make a splash at Dreamworld.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip planning app .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Esplanade and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at WetSide Water Park, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the waterfront at The Pier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hervey Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Duncan Chapman Statue
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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 9th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Hervey Bay in November, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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