23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  45​min
3
Kuranda
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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.
Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
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.
Spend the 14th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, stop by Coffee Works, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuranda online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Port Douglas to Kuranda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kuranda to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Coffs Harbour Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Diggers beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Coffs Harbour, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:
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Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
The Big Banana ©
The Big Banana
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 24th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blacksmiths Beach. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally get your game on at VRXP.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle visit planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Blacksmiths Beach
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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Blacksmiths Beach ©
Blacksmiths Beach
Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

5
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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