22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h
1
Lorne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Port Campbell
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
8
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney


1
night
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest and then hike along Great Ocean Walk. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Lorne Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lorne attractions planner.

Sydney to Lorne is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Lorne dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Apollo Bay
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Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest

3
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Visiting Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Warrnambool (Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Thunder point Coastal Reserve, & more). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Port Campbell National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Campbell day trip planner.

Getting from Lorne to Port Campbell by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Warrnambool, Twelve Apostles
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

2
nights
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Get in touch with nature at Wilsons Promontory National Park and Norman Beach. Take a break from Wilsons Promontory National Park with a short trip to Tarra Bulga National Park in Balook, about 1h 15 min away.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Wilsons Promontory National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Wilsons Promontory National Park in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tarra Bulga National Park
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Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach
Norman Beach ©
Norman Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Fraser Island with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Jetryder, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Hamilton Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hamilton Island, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Big Mama Sailing, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Horseshoe Bay Markets, and then stroll through Geoffrey Bay.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hamilton Island to Magnetic Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Horseshoe Bay Markets ©
Horseshoe Bay Markets

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 8th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary and then trek along Castle Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

Townsville is just a stone's throw from Magnetic Island. In January, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
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.
Visiting Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Daintree National Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Myall Beach and take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Townsville to Cape Tribulation by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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.
On the 13th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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