24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Daintree
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Toowoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Canberra
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Daintree.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 28th (Thu), look for gifts at Daintree Naturals Artist Market, make a trip to Elizas Gallery, view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, and finally admire all the interesting features of Daintree Tea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Tranquility Falls, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Australian Muster Experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Daintree road trip planning app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Daintree in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Daintree, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Daintree

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Wonga Beach, Australian Muster Experience
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Photography Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Daintree to Airlie Beach in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Daintree in May: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Toowoomba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stroll around Queens Park, see the interesting displays at Cobb+Co Museum, then don't miss a visit to Picnic Point, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Toowoomba sightseeing website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Toowoomba in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for slightly colder days in Toowoomba, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Japanese Garden ©
Japanese Garden
Queens Park ©
Queens Park
Cobb+Co Museum ©
Cobb+Co Museum

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip builder app .

You can drive from Toowoomba to Noosa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, then contemplate the waterfront views at Boomanjin lake, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip planner .

Getting from Noosa to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sydney journey builder website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in June, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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nights
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 10th (Wed), stop by Trove Canberra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and finally engage your brain at Questacon.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner .

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, Canberra is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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nights
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 13th (Sat): browse the collection at State Library of Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 6°C in Melbourne. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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