27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Tamborine Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
North Stradbroke Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h
4
Moreton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 15​min
5
Bribie Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  9​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Townsville
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Dalpura Beach. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and head off the coast to St Helena Island National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Brisbane reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamborine Mountain.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Dalpura Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
St Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island National Park

2
nights
Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park and then kick back and relax at Tugun Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamborine Mountain itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. April in Tamborine Mountain sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Tamborine Mountain

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach

2
nights
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Cylinder Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area, then get great views at North Gorge Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Frenchman's Beach. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amity Point Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Brown Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our North Stradbroke Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tamborine Mountain to North Stradbroke Island takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in North Stradbroke Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cylinder Beach ©
Cylinder Beach
Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Brown Lake ©
Brown Lake

1
night
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get outside with Tangalooma Island Resort Dolphin Feeding and then step off the mainland to explore Moreton Island.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moreton Island driving holiday planner.

You can drive from North Stradbroke Island to Moreton Island in 6 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island

3
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Woorim Beach and Bribie Island Butterfly House. Bring the kids along to Bongaree Beach and Red Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bribie Island driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Moreton Island to Bribie Island in 4 hours. April in Bribie Island sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park ©
Buckleys Hole Conservation Park

5
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've now added Rainforestation Nature Park to your itinerary. Visit Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Michaelmas Cay and Gallo DairyLand. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Cairns. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bribie Island in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Babinda Boulders, Rainforestation Nature Park, Trinity Beach, Four Mile Beach
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then stroll through Cow Bay Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Finch Hatton Gorge as well as Airlie Beach Lagoon. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Finch Hatton Gorge, then get a new perspective on things with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car, flight, and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Airlie Beach in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in April, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Finch Hatton Gorge
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Airlie Boat Hire ©
Airlie Boat Hire
Scuba & Snorkeling
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Townsville Barra Fun Park as well as Billabong Sanctuary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Townsville Barra Fun Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville vacation planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
The Strand ©
The Strand

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