28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Forrest
— 3 nights
Fly:  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
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Ballandean
— 1 day
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 13th Beach. Explore Forrest's surroundings by going to Erskine Falls (in Lorne), Loch Ard Gorge (in Port Campbell) and Split Point Lighthouse (in Aireys Inlet). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Elizabeth.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Forrest trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney to Forrest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Forrest dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Forrest

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Twelve Apostles, Split Point Lighthouse, Erskine Falls, 13th Beach, Loch Ard Gorge
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Heart Reef. On the 7th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's more to do: get interesting insight from Tours and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Forrest to Airlie Beach. Traveling from Forrest in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 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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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visiting Safaris and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and stop by Coffee Works.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda (about 36 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online visit planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fraser Island when traveling from Cairns in January, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ballandean.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head

1
day
Ballandean

Ballandean ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Girraween National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ballandean trip itinerary builder website .

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

Things to do in Ballandean

Nature Parks
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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.
Get outdoors at Ned's Beach and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder website .

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 enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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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