29 days in Australia Itinerary

29 days in Australia Itinerary

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29 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Bowen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  5​h
8
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Berlin

4
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 some cultural insight at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Bones and Jones. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

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

Berlin, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a 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 travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Get outdoors at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Marina. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, get outside with Jetryder, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island route builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. January in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eli Creek and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in January, Fraser Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
day
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 20th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock, then don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Horseshoe Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bowen trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fraser Island to Bowen. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout
Mother Beddock Rock ©
Mother Beddock Rock

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Heart Reef. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and get interesting insight from Cumberland Charter Yachts.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Bowen to Airlie Beach in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Big Mama Sailing and Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Magnetic Island Forts Walk and Fishing Charters & Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 30th (Wed), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then stroll through Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Etty Bay and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mission Beach road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Etty Bay
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Etty Bay ©
Etty Bay

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