31 days in Noosa, Great Barrier Reef & Byron Bay Itinerary

31 days in Noosa, Great Barrier Reef & Byron Bay Itinerary

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31 days in Noosa, Great Barrier Reef & Byron Bay Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  29​h
1
Noosa
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

9
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Barnacles Dolphin Centre (in Tin Can Bay) and Carlo Sand Blow (in Rainbow Beach). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, get a new perspective on things with Pelican Boat Hire, wander the streets of Hastings Street, and enjoy some diversion at Noosa Horses.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Noosa is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pomona, Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Carlo Sand Blow, Noosa Horses, Lake Escapades
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, beaches, outdoors, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and admire all the interesting features of Maheno Wreck.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

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
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Byron Bay: Big Prawn (in Ballina) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Byron Bay trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Byron Bay in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Byron Bay, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Big Prawn, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Whitehaven Beach, explore the activities along Hill Inlet, and head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Getting from Byron Bay to Whitsunday Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 26°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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