23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
9
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Cairns

3
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, wander the streets of The Intersection Paddington, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip app .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Tours

Side Trip

Milson Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kanangra-Boyd National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Blue Mountains National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Blue Mountains National Park dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kanangra-Boyd National Park
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Kanangra-Boyd National Park ©
Kanangra-Boyd National Park

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, explore and take pictures at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Blue Mountains National Park to Byron Bay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Byron Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then get your game on at South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel route builder site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

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Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
night
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

Planning Fraser Island trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Finch Hatton Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Airlie Beach side-trips: Forest Flying (in Finch Hatton) and Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout (in Bowen). On the 22nd (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the water at your own pace with Charter Yachts Australia, stop by Colour Me Crazy, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach sightseeing app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. May in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Finch Hatton, Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, Colour Me Crazy, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Kayaking & Canoeing
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in May: highs in Magnetic Island hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Historic Village Herberton, then take in the exciting artwork at Artistree Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Artistree Gallery, Babinda Boulders, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

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