24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Beerwah
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
14
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
End: Cairns

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, Sydney Ferries, Luna Park Sydney, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then get from here to there with Sydney Ferries, and finally get in on the family fun at Luna Park Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then wander the streets of The Rocks, and finally look for gifts at Opal Minded.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Luna Park Sydney
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay ©
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tomaree National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay online holiday planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Nelson Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, Nelson Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tomaree National Park
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Tomaree National Park ©
Tomaree National Park

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Washpool National Park. On the 7th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at The Big Banana and then take in the dramatic scenery at Washpool National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Coffs Harbour online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Washpool National Park
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Washpool National Park ©
Washpool National Park
The Big Banana Fun Park ©
The Big Banana Fun Park

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Burleigh Head National Park, Natural Bridge, Surfer's Paradise Beach, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kirra Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast ©
Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as well as Room Escape Games. On the 11th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beerwah.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Room Escape Games
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

1
night
Beerwah

Beerwah ©
Beerwah is a rural town and a locality in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. Australia Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), hike along Buderim Forest Park, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach.

Planning Beerwah trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brisbane to Beerwah in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Beerwah are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Beerwah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Mooloolaba Beach, Marcoola Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eurimbula National Park. On the 13th (Mon), let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park and then take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gladstone vacation maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Beerwah to Gladstone. Traveling from Beerwah in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gladstone, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Eurimbula National Park
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Eurimbula National Park ©
Eurimbula National Park
Auckland Hill Lookout ©
Auckland Hill Lookout

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lamberts Beach as well as Bluewater Lagoon. On the 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, then cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lamberts Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip maker site .

Getting from Gladstone to Mackay by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Cedar Creek Falls and then trek along Whitsunday Great Walk.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Cedar Creek Falls
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

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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 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at National Trust Heritage Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek and then immerse yourself in nature at Paluma State Forest.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip maker app .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in August: highs in Townsville hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Paluma State Forest
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ocean Spirit Cruises as well as Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and then take a tour by water with Ocean Spirit Cruises. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planning app .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ocean Spirit Cruises ©
Ocean Spirit Cruises
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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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.
You've now added Uplift Watersports to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get outside with Horses in Port.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas attractions planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Uplift Watersports ©
Uplift Watersports
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

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Cairns

Cairns ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wooroonooran National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Palm Cove Beach, Babinda Boulders, Wooroonooran National Park
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

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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 25th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Pat Morton Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. On your second day here, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then head outdoors with Hastings Point Headland.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get little chillier in Byron Bay: highs are around 25°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Hastings Point Headland
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Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout
Arakwal National Park ©
Arakwal National Park
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

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