24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Katherine
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Mission Beach
— 1 day
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Rockhampton
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Noosa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Wisemans Ferry
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Oberon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Wallerawang
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Port Macquarie
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
15
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
16
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin sightseeing planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 8 hours. In October, Darwin is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, then make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and finally contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 5th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Katherine Hot Springs, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Katherine tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Katherine can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Hot Springs ©
Katherine Hot Springs
Helicopter Tours

1
day
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Mission Beach, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then stop by The Pocket, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip planner .

Getting from Katherine to Mission Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Pocket
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Pocket ©
The Pocket

1
day
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 7th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Etna Caves National Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mission Beach to Rockhampton in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village

1
day
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Boomanjin lake, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and ferry from Rockhampton to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. When traveling from Rockhampton in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Fraser Island, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Boomanjin lake ©
Boomanjin lake

1
day
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Noosa to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, trek 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 wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wisemans Ferry.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry ©
On the 12th (Sat), experience rural life at Tobruk Sheep Station, then take some stellar pictures from Hawkins Lookout, and then trek along Convict Trail.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wisemans Ferry trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Wisemans Ferry takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Wisemans Ferry dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Wisemans Ferry

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Tobruk Sydney
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Convict Trail ©
Convict Trail
Hawkins Lookout ©
Hawkins Lookout
Tobruk Sydney ©
Tobruk Sydney

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

Make your Katoomba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Wisemans Ferry to Katoomba takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oberon.

Things to do in Katoomba

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Echo Point Lookout ©
Echo Point Lookout

1
night
Oberon

Oberon ©
Oberon is a town and local government area (see Oberon Shire) in the central tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. On the 14th (Mon), browse for treasures at Coopers Antiques and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mayfield Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oberon trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Katoomba to Oberon in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wallerawang.

Things to do in Oberon

Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Garden ©
Mayfield Garden

1
night
Wallerawang

Wallerawang ©
On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wallace, examine the collection at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then stroll through Queen Elizabeth Park, then take some stellar pictures from Bracey Lookout, and finally steep yourself in history at Blackfellows Hand Cave.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wallerawang journey planning site .

Drive from Oberon to Wallerawang in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Wallerawang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lithgow
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wallace ©
Lake Wallace
Queen Elizabeth Park ©
Queen Elizabeth Park
Blackfellows Hand Cave ©
Blackfellows Hand Cave

1
day
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, then examine the collection at Roto House, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie day trip site .

You can drive from Wallerawang to Port Macquarie in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Wallerawang in October, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island day trip website .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In October, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer than Port Macquarie - with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paronella Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Wellness & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 22nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Paronella Park, Mossman Gorge Centre, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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