24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Agnes Water
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
car:  1​h
6
Fraser Island
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h
7
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Beerwah
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
12
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Scuba & Snorkeling, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

Plan a trip to Cairns easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Crystal Cascades
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Kuranda Scenic Railway ©
Kuranda Scenic Railway

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Strand as well as Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whitsunday Great Walk as well as Whitsundays Sailing Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Whitsunday Great Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Whitsundays Sailing Adventures.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach visit planner.

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures ©
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

1
night
Agnes Water

Agnes Water
For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Agnes Water trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Agnes Water with the Route module. December in Agnes Water sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rainbow Beach online trip builder .

You can drive from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach in 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wanggoolba Creek, Fraser Explorer Tours and The Pinnacles. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a short side trip with Fraser Explorer Tours, admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest, contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek, then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, and finally kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. December in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Fraser Explorer Tours ©
Fraser Explorer Tours
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach takes 4.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Beerwah.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

few
hours
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Australia Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Beerwah day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Beerwah takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Beerwah are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Bank Parklands as well as Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online holiday planner .

Drive from Beerwah to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Surfers Paradise Beach, Warner Bros. Movie World and SkyPoint Observation Deck. On the 3rd (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast vacation planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Belongil Beach, Tallow Beach, Cape Byron Walking Track, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Byron Bay Dive Centre, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wategos Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip site .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Newcastle.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Soul Surf School ©
Soul Surf School
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Newcastle day trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Newcastle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Newcastle are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

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.
You've added Bondi Beach, Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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