22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  34​h
1
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Rockhampton
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get outdoors at Eli Creek and Lake Wabby. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Central Station Rainforest.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip builder .

Bucharest, Romania to Fraser Island is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight, ferry, and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bucharest to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. In December, Fraser Island is warmer than Bucharest - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Nissan Navara Arena, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton online route maker .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Rockhampton takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Great Western Hotel - Arena ©
Great Western Hotel - Arena

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then stroll through Catseye Beach. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Getting from Rockhampton to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

3
nights
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.
Visit Horseshoe Bay and Airlie Beach Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Heart Reef and Bicentennial Walkway. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Bowen and see Mother Beddock Rock, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Beach Book Boutique, and get a new perspective on things with Cumberland Charter Yachts.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, get a taste of the local shopping with Magnetic Island Museum, then tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing, and finally kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Transportation
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Etty Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mission Beach day trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Etty Bay
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and Gallo DairyLand. Explore hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planning site .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Gallo DairyLand ©
Gallo DairyLand

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cooktown day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Cooktown takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
On the 5th (Sat), stop by With Sugar, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire and then see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder site .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire

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