22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  0 min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Agnes Water
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
8
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
9
Long Island
— 1 day
Travel:  2​h 30​min
10
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
11
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
12
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
13
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
15
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Austin

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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and then stroll through Bondi Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Austin, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Austin to Sydney, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Sydney is much colder than Austin - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, stroll through Lennox Head Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Byron Bay in July since evenings lows in Gold Coast dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To plan Brisbane vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, then look for gifts at Peticular, and finally stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa road trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Mooloolaba Beach, Mount Ninderry
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): kick back and relax at Rainbow Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek, and then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Noosa to Rainbow Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

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Agnes Water

Agnes Water
On the 31st (Wed), cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Agnes Water Main Beach, and then go for a walk through Paperbark Forest Walk.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Agnes Water trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rainbow Beach to Agnes Water. In July in Agnes Water, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Agnes Water to Fraser Island. Expect little chillier evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Agnes Water in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Long Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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Long Island

Long Island ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Molle Islands National Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Island trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Long Island. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Long Island, with lows of 21°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Long Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Molle Islands National Park ©
Molle Islands National Park

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 3rd (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hamilton Island vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Long Island to Hamilton Island. August in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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 4th (Sun), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

Start your trip to Airlie Beach by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. August in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Spas & Wellness

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Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, then kick back and relax at The Strand, then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island tour itinerary maker .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Wildlife
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mission Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kennedy Walking Track.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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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 Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Cairns sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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

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