23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Mossman
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Murray Rose Pool. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from London in April, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, then get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Broken Head
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

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 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Relax by the water at Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Noosa National Park and Mount Ninderry. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Lows Lookout (in Coolum Beach). It doesn't end there: catch some excitement at Noosa Horses.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lows Lookout, Kings Beach, Mount Ninderry, Noosa Horses, Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island vacation app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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 27th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Airlie Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in April since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
day
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonga Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Mossman trip builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Mossman. In April, daily temperatures in Mossman can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Wonga Beach
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Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mossman to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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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 2nd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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