24 days in Australia & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

24 days in Australia & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

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24 days in Australia & Whitsunday Islands Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  24​h
1
Canberra
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 27th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra day trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Canberra is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Canberra. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get warmer in Canberra: highs are around 35°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Lord Howe Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Millendon (Tyler's Vineyard & Fig Tree Estate). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, admire the masterpieces at The Sacred India Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Matthew's Anglican Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

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Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. In February, Perth is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Swan Valley, Millendon, Caversham Wildlife Park, Fremantle Prison, St Matthew's Anglican Church
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Perth in February since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 11th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island holiday builder site .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In February in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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