23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Hervey Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Brisbane
— 1 night
End: Brisbane


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7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
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 now added Wallaman Falls to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wallaman Falls
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls

few
hours
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Townsville, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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 3rd (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Greenmount Homestead, identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, and then kick back and relax at Bucasia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Artspace Mackay and then buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mackay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach
Greenmount Homestead ©
Greenmount Homestead
Artspace Mackay ©
Artspace Mackay

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rockhampton trip app .

You can drive from Mackay to Rockhampton in 4 hours. February in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

few
hours
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 7th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Burrum Heads Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Rockhampton to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Beaches Outdoors Nature
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 9th (Sat), kick back and relax at Rainbow Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek, and then visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

Plan a Rainbow Beach trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Australia Zoo. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): meet the residents at Australia Zoo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa journey planner.

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Regional gallery ©
Noosa Regional gallery

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the galleries of Art on Cairncross, stop by Maleny Cheese, and then see the interesting displays at Mapleton Observatory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Maleny online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Maleny sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Wildlife Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mapleton Observatory
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mapleton Observatory ©
Mapleton Observatory
Art on Cairncross ©
Art on Cairncross

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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane journey maker site .

You can drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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