27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 17 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Cairns

17
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Historic Village Herberton. We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Paronella Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tamborine Mountain as well as Springbrook National Park. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Springbrook National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at Sanctuary Markets, enjoy the sea views from Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and then try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse ©

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and wander the streets of West End.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
West End ©
West End

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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