26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Tully
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
7
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Glass House Mountains
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
13
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
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 31st (Tue): admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary builder website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at The Pocket.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tully.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Pocket
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
night
Tully

Tully ©
Tully is a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot and then explore the striking landscape at Tully Gorge National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tully sightseeing website .

Tully is just a stone's throw from Mission Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Tully

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then trek along Dubuji Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation online day trip planner .

Getting from Tully to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 4.5 hours. In April in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. On your second day here, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip website .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 8th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

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

Getting from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Shopping Museums
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, then view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rockhampton tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Rockhampton takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in April, plan for little chillier nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Wildlife Childrens Museums
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Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Smalleys Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Hillsborough vacation planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rockhampton to Cape Hillsborough. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Champagne Pools and then stroll through Indian Head.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Cape Hillsborough to Fraser Island with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake Birrabeen ©
Lake Birrabeen

1
night
Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Glass House Mountains online tour planner .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Glass House Mountains with the Route module. In April, daily temperatures in Glass House Mountains can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Noosa.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Parks

Side Trip

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
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Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Noosa Main Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to HMAS Brisbane, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa road trip planner.

You can drive from Glass House Mountains to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll around Nielsen Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at 13th Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Torquay vacation builder site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Torquay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, Torquay is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

4
nights
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, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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