23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Moreton Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Lady Musgrave Island
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
9
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
13
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
14
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
15
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
16
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
17
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
18
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h 15​min
19
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
20
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Charlotte

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Moreton Island

Moreton Island
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Moreton Island trip planner .

Charlotte, USA to Moreton Island is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Charlotte to Moreton Island. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Charlotte in October since evenings lows in Moreton Island dip to 59°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moreton Island to Fraser Island. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 3rd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In October in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lady Musgrave Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): head off the coast to Lady Musgrave Island.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lady Musgrave Island trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Noosa to Lady Musgrave Island. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Lady Musgrave Island

Nature Parks
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Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lady Musgrave Island to Hamilton Island. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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 7th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then take a tour by water with Big Mama Sailing.

Plan my Magnetic Island trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

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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 9th (Wed), trek along Castle Hill and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): trek along Dubuji Boardwalk and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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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 12th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Mon), trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planning tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be slightly colder, around 47°F, while days are colder, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head off the coast to Macquarie Island, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, and then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hobart online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for little chillier days in Hobart, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see a show at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner.

You can fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in October, with highs in Sydney at 76°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 18th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island online road trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane day trip planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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