23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + shuttle:  26​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lamington National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  22​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daintree National Park and Spas. Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel route planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in May, expect nights in Port Douglas to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bundaberg Rum Distillery and Esplanade. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, make a splash at WetSide Water Park, get engrossed in the history at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hervey Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in May since evenings lows in Hervey Bay dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bundaberg Rum Distillery
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Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Explore hidden gems such as City Botanic Gardens and Eagle Street Pier. Spend the 15th (Wed) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Albert Street Uniting Church, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online journey planner .

You can fly from Hervey Bay to Brisbane in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Tours Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

1
night
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get great views at Bellbird Lookout & Circuit, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at O'Reillys Birds of Prey, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lamington National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Brisbane to Lamington National Park in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bellbird Lookout & Circuit
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Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Amity Point Beach and then stroll through Cylinder Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Dunwich Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from North Gorge Walk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Amity Point Jetty.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the North Stradbroke Island journey maker tool .

Getting from Lamington National Park to North Stradbroke Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk
Dunwich Cemetery ©
Dunwich Cemetery

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Jezzine Barracks. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tropical Queensland, make a trip to Riverway, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from North Stradbroke Island to Townsville. Traveling from North Stradbroke Island in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Townsville: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balloon Rides and Historic Village Herberton. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, stroll through Trinity Beach, stop by Australian Leather Company, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Jaques Coffee Plantation, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Balloon Rides
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

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