25 days in Australia Itinerary

25 days in Australia Itinerary

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25 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  29​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Clovelly. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kings Beach and Natural Bridge. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, snap pictures at Story Bridge, and wander the streets of West End.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Kings Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Bullet and then tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Proserpine Museum, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Proserpine Museum
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Whitsunday Bullet ©
Whitsunday Bullet
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Proserpine Museum ©
Proserpine Museum

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 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bowling Green Bay National Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary website .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, Bowling Green Bay National Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island trip planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cooktown War Memorial, then enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Finch Bay, get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and then trek along Keating's Lagoon.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cooktown online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Magnetic Island to Cooktown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay

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.
On the 11th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker app .

You can drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. October in Cairns sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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