28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Forrest
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
6
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Ballandean
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  8​h
8
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Forrest

Forrest ©
Forrest, Victoria is a small rural township in the Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia. Step out of the city life by going to The Great Ocean Road and Loch Ard Gorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet), Erskine Falls (in Lorne) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Elizabeth.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Forrest trip tool .

Sydney to Forrest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Forrest, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Forrest

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Split Point Lighthouse, Loch Ard Gorge, Erskine Falls, 13th Beach
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Lake Elizabeth ©
Lake Elizabeth
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 7th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach road trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Forrest to Airlie Beach with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Forrest in January: high temperatures in Airlie Beach hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then hike along Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens Townsville.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Townsville itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

4
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.
Visiting Safaris and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at Coffee Works, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

Make your Port Douglas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Townsville to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Kuranda and see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island travel route website .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
day
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Girraween National Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ballandean route planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Ballandean. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Ballandean

Parks Nature
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Girraween National Park ©
Girraween National Park

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Visit Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and Mt Gower will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Ballandean to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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