26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 9 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

9
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: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 29th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay, don't miss a visit to Green Island, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Red Arrow Walk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Street Art CBD Walking Trails, take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, and view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery.

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You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
Airlie Beach is known for adventure, beaches, spas, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 12th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck, then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek, then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Allom.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Fraser Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Venture out of the city with trips to Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Mooloolaba (Sea Life Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, & more) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Spas & Wellness). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, and buy something for everyone on your list at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Kings Beach, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©

2
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.
On the 19th (Mon), let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane online attractions planner .

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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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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