24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Agnes Water
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
13
Byron Bay
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
14
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns vacation planner .

Austin, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Austin in February: highs in Cairns hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, kick back and relax at Mission Beach, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach journey builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

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

Do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Wildlife Transportation
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, then learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Townsville tour itinerary maker website .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in February, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In March in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:
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Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip builder site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in March, Fraser Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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day
Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Agnes Water Main Beach, explore and take pictures at Paperbark Forest Walk, then take an in-depth tour of Agnes Water Museum, then sample the fine beverages at 1770 Distillery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Chinamans Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Agnes Water day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Agnes Water. In March, daily temperatures in Agnes Water can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum

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night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach, explore the activities along Searys Creek, and then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Agnes Water to Rainbow Beach takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noosa day trip planning site .

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Noosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage, Lows Lookout
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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night
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.
On the 10th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and finally look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Shopping
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Kirra Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Tallow Beach ©
Tallow Beach

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Australian National Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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