26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lamington National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Glass House Mountains
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Atherton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
13
Cairns
— 2 nights
End: Cairns


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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stop by DUX Collection Sydney, look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from Austria, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

North Head Sanctuary, Logan Brae Orchard, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fingal Bay Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, and then enjoy the sea views from Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve. On your second day here, examine the collection at Fighter World and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nelson Bay trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Nelson Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nelson Bay can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Fighter World, Fingal Bay Beach
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fingal Bay Beach ©
Fingal Bay Beach

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.
On the 30th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery and then identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In March in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Sun), experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Cape Byron Walking Track and then stroll through Belongil Beach.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay travel planning tool .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lamington National Park.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tropical Fruit World
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Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach

2
nights
Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Darlington Park, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Warning, and then relax in the rural setting at Buck's Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lamington National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Byron Bay to Lamington National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Glass House Mountains.

Things to do in Lamington National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Darlington Park, Buck's Farm, Lamington National Park, Mount Warning
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Mount Warning ©
Mount Warning
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk ©

1
night
Glass House Mountains

Glass House Mountains ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Glass House Mountains National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Glass House Mountains tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lamington National Park to Glass House Mountains takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Glass House Mountains can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Glass House Mountains

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Glass House Mountains National Park ©

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, stroll through Burrum Heads Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Maryborough City Hall. On the next day, stop by Le Petit Chocolatier and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glass House Mountains to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maryborough City Hall, Burrum Heads Beach
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Maryborough City Hall ©
Maryborough City Hall
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yeppoon tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip site .

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yeppoon in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
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Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
nights
Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and The Crystal Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Granite Gorge Nature Park in Mareeba (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Curtain Fig National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tableland, get advice or help at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, and take a peaceful walk through Cathedral Fig Tree.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Atherton trip planner .

You can drive from Townsville to Atherton in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Historic Village Herberton, Granite Gorge Nature Park
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree

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 14th (Sun), stop by With Sugar. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Atherton to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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