28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Kuranda
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
5
Hayman Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
11
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
+4
bus + Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  8​h 30​min
12
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
You've now added Michaelmas Cay to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas (about 1h 15 min away).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

3
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then stop by Annie's at the Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Honey House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ellis Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kuranda tour builder tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Kuranda in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Kuranda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Ellis Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip builder .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In March in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Helicopter Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Whitehaven Beach, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, get interesting insight from Airlie Boat Hire, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and finally kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In March in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
On the 15th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hayman Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Hayman Island. In March in Hayman Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hayman Island to Whitsunday Island. March in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you're off toHervey Bay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim, Dolphin & Whale Watching, WetSide Water Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): cool off at WetSide Water Park, tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, then meet the residents at Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, let little ones run wild at Queens Park, and then stroll through Burrum Heads Beach.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach, Woodgate Beach, The Basin
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You've now added Lake Birrabeen to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Birrabeen, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in 4.5 hours. In March in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

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

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Mon Repos Turtle Centre has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos Turtle Centre, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa online vacation maker .

Getting from Fraser Island to Noosa by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mon Repos Turtle Centre
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mon Repos Turtle Centre ©
Mon Repos Turtle Centre

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 26th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Gold Coast takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then admire all the interesting features of Pat Morton Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Wategos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): experience rural life at Summerland House Farm, then stroll through Lighthouse Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head, Lighthouse Beach, Summerland House Farm
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Magnetic Island National Park. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take a tour by water with Big Mama Sailing and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Magnetic Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Byron Bay to Magnetic Island by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Byron Bay in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Magnetic Island, with lows around 28°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

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