22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Bristol

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

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Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. In January, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eli Creek and Indian Head.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
nights
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Whistle Stop Rail Museum, steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, then learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Maryborough Family Heritage Institute, and finally steep yourself in history at St Paul's Church and Bell Tower. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Portside, examine the collection at Bond Store Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Maryborough City Hall, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Maryborough trip tool .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Maryborough in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Maryborough are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum
Maryborough City Hall ©
Maryborough City Hall

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Searys Creek, then contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake, then enjoy the sea views from Double Island Point Lighthouse, and finally explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Maryborough to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

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 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip site .

Drive from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

5
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley), Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenolan Caves, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

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