23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Reno
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cooktown
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
Kuranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  24​h 30​min
9
Edge Hill
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Reno

2
nights
Cairns

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.
You've added Aussie Drifterz, Behana Gorge Waterfall, Global Travel Services, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Michaelmas Cay and Atherton Tablelands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Birdworld Kuranda and The Crystal Caves.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner.

Reno, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Reno to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Reno in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crystal Caves, Birdworld Kuranda
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Tablelands Tours and Transfers ©
Tablelands Tours and Transfers

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Spas, Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises, Scuba & Snorkeling, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at Cape Trib Adventure Bus, hit the best photo ops around with Blue Adventures Wildlife & Rainforest Tours, get interesting insight from Great Barrier Reef Charters, then get active on the water at Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises, and finally take a memorable excursion with Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tour. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and then fly like a bird with Uplift Watersports.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree, Thornton Beach
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Uplift Watersports ©
Uplift Watersports
Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tour ©
Brett's Kuranda Half Day Tour

2
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trek along Keating's Lagoon, identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Finch Bay. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Cooktown Botanical Gardens and then explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park.

You can plan Cooktown trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cooktown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Cooktown Botanical Gardens ©
Cooktown Botanical Gardens

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Etty Bay and then explore the striking landscape of Tully Gorge National Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kennedy Walking Track.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip website .

You can drive from Cooktown to Mission Beach in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tully Gorge National Park, Etty Bay
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Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park
Kennedy Walking Track ©
Kennedy Walking Track

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yeppoon Main Beach, and finally get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then go for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track, and then stroll around Anzac Plaza Emu Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rockhampton trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rockhampton, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Anzac Plaza Emu Park
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Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Rockhampton to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rockhampton in October: highs in Fraser Island hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. You've now added Kuranda National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands and then explore the striking landscape at Kuranda National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuranda holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Kuranda takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kuranda when traveling from Fraser Island in October, with lows around 68°F. You will leave for Edge Hill on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Kuranda

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cattana Wetlands
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Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
Kuranda National Park ©
Kuranda National Park

2
nights
Edge Hill

Edge Hill ©
Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, and then admire the sheer force of Emerald Creek Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Edge Hill trip maker site .

Edge Hill is just a short distance from Kuranda. In October, daytime highs in Edge Hill are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edge Hill

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Cattana Wetlands, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Emerald Creek Falls
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands

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