23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rockhampton
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Zurich

2
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 7th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cairns is 9 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Thornton Beach in Thornton Beach (about 54 minutes away).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then stroll through The Strand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Townsville by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
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.
On the 15th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, and finally have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Rockhampton dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Paperbark Forest Walk, then kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Agnes Water day trip planning site .

Getting from Rockhampton to Agnes Water by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Agnes Water are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, then brush up on your military savvy at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Agnes Water to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Maryborough
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum ©
Customs House Interpretive Centre ©
Customs House Interpretive Centre

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Take a break from the city and head to Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake Allom.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island route planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In December in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visiting Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Kings Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim), Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach) and Sunshine Coast Brewery (in Kunda Park). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caloundra, Lows Lookout, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. On your second day here, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online vacation planner .

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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