23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roma Street Parkland and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Brisbane. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in May: highs in Brisbane hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online trip maker .

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

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 10th (Fri), have fun at Tobruk Memorial Baths, go for a walk through Castle Hill, then explore the fascinating underground world of Copperfield Gorge, and finally don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use 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 May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Botanical Gardens and Helicopter Tours. Spend the 12th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns journey planning app .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island road trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and ferry from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Watson's Bay and Art Gallery of New South Wales. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Wendouree in Ballarat (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Wendouree
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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