26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Krakow

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for gifts at With Sugar and then explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

Krakow, Poland to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Traveling from Krakow in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Port Douglas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 23rd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour planning site .

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. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Byron Walking Track. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then pause for some photo ops at Big Prawn, then experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in August, with highs in Byron Bay at 25°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Big Prawn
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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 Brisbane with an excursion to Australia Zoo in Beerwah--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip builder tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 6th (Thu), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fraser Island using our trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

6
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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