23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  5​h
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Wollongong
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Boston

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pulpit Rock Lookout and Wentworth Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hawthorne Canal Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner .

Boston, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect nights in Sydney to be much colder, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sydney Harbour National Park, Logan Brae Orchard, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Wentworth Falls, Shelly Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shaolin Junk Cruises. Spend the 11th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 78°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): hike along Castle Hill, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then enjoy some diversion at Warrina Ciniplex.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Townsville when traveling from Port Douglas in July, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the ferry ride to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay and then take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing and then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island online trip builder .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In July, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 16th (Tue), you're off toWhitsunday Island.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Magnetic Island to Whitsunday Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Magnetic Island in July since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 18th (Thu), head outdoors with Jetryder and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Whitsunday Island in July since evenings lows in Hamilton Island dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wollongong.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

4
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Visiting Moona Moona Creek and White Sands Walk will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kiama Coastal Walk and Belmore Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Wollongong: Red Cow Farm (in Sutton Forest), Mittagong (Lake Alexandra Reserve & Mount Gibraltar Reserve) and Bass Point Reserve (in Shellharbour). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rocks.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wollongong trip maker site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Wollongong by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in July, you will find days in Wollongong are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are much colder (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jervis Bay, Kiama, Mittagong, Red Cow Farm, Bass Point Reserve
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Lake Alexandra Reserve ©
Lake Alexandra Reserve
Moona Moona Creek ©
Moona Moona Creek
White Sands Walk ©
White Sands Walk

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner .

You can drive from Wollongong to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Wollongong in July, with lows around 47°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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