27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dresden
Fly:  33​h
1
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Maroochydore
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
11
Mission Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
12
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Dresden

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary planning website .

Dresden, Germany to Fraser Island is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dresden to Fraser Island due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dresden in July since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maroochydore.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
night
Maroochydore

Maroochydore ©
Maroochydore is an urban centre on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. On the 10th (Wed), stroll through Maroochydore Beach, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then tee off at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maroochydore tour planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Maroochydore by car takes about 5.5 hours. July in Maroochydore sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Maroochydore

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis ©
Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 11th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, then trek along Coastal walk, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maroochydore to Port Macquarie. When traveling from Maroochydore in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Bondi Beach. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take in the exciting artwork at Gannon House Gallery, and take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Port Macquarie in July, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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.
On the 16th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Byron Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Lennox Head Beach
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in July, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Field of Light, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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day
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 26th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Mission Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot

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 27th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally look for gifts at Coffee Works.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mission Beach to Port Douglas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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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.
Kids will enjoy Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Cow Bay Beach. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. July in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cow Bay
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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