22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— Few hours
train:  2​h
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Lismore
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
4
Nimbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— Few hours
train:  15​h
7
Proserpine
— Few hours
shuttle:  1​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 9 nights
shuttle:  1​h
9
Proserpine
— 1 night
train:  7​h 30​min
10
Cairns
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
12
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

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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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites
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St. James Church ©
St. James Church

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass and then make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Katoomba trip planning app .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Katoomba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Lismore.

Things to do in Katoomba

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The National Pass, Sublime Point Lookout
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Sublime Point Lookout ©
Sublime Point Lookout

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Lismore

Lismore ©
Lismore is a city in northeastern New South Wales, Australia and the main population centre in the City of Lismore local government area; it is also a regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of the State. To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lismore vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Lismore takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nimbin.

Things to do in Lismore

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
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Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
Lismore Library ©
Lismore Library

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Nimbin

Nimbin ©
Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30km north of Lismore, 33km northeast of Kyogle, and 70km west of Byron Bay.Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at O'Reillys Birds of Prey, and then get great views at Bellbird Lookout & Circuit.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nimbin road trip site .

Traveling by car from Lismore to Nimbin takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Nimbin can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Byron Bay.

Things to do in Nimbin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

O'Reillys Birds of Prey, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Bellbird Lookout & Circuit
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Whian Whian State Conservation Area ©
Nimbin Craft Galler ©
Nimbin Craft Galler

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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 15th (Thu): learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Big Prawn, and then view the masterpieces at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Nimbin to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. August in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Broken Head, Ballina, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Pat Morton Lookout
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse

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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.
Plan trip to Brisbane with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Proserpine.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wynnum Esplanade
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Proserpine

Proserpine ©
Proserpine is a town and a locality in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland, Australia. To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Proserpine journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Proserpine with the Route module. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Proserpine: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Proserpine

Shopping
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Colour Me Crazy ©
Colour Me Crazy

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Above & Below Photography Gallery and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bicentennial Walkway. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, Horseshoe Bay, & more) and Hydeaway Bay (Hydeaway Bay Beach & Gloucester Island National Park). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Dryander National Park. Spend the 25th (Sun) peacefully gliding across the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Airlie Beach is just a short distance from Proserpine. While traveling from Proserpine, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Proserpine.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowen, Hydeaway Bay, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, Whitsunday Islands
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Proserpine

Proserpine
To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Proserpine trip planner .

Proserpine is very close to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Proserpine. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Proserpine

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cairns

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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Proserpine to Cairns. Traveling from Proserpine in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia
Photography Tours

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Opal Reef and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mossman, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course ©
Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, test your team's savvy at The Escape Hunt Experience Sydney, get a sense of history and politics at Government House, admire the masterpieces at Customs House, then stop by Opal Minded, and finally admire the striking features of Olympia Milk Bar.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
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Olympia Milk Bar ©
Olympia Milk Bar
Customs House ©
Customs House

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