25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly:  29​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Quebec City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, walk around Anzac Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Quebec City, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. While traveling from Quebec City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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.
On the 4th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 5th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, look for gifts at Into The Blue Gallery, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fraser Island: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. August in Brisbane sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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