32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Alice Springs
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Auckland


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3
nights
Cairns

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Crystal Caves and St Monica's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Curtain Fig National Park and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park). There's still lots to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns tour builder app .

Tokyo, Japan to Cairns is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Cairns is 1 hour. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Mareeba, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Crystal Caves, Curtain Fig National Park
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Granite Gorge Nature Park ©
Granite Gorge Nature Park
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Skydiving

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and finally stop by With Sugar.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
nights
Townsville

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 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Paluma and then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daytime highs in Townsville are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Magnetic Island National Park, then get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and finally hunt for treasures at Horseshoe Bay Markets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Island Forts Walk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail.

Find out how to plan Magnetic Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In April, daytime highs in Magnetic Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

3
nights
Airlie Beach

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.
Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Grays Bay and Whitsunday Islands. Change things up with a short trip to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charter Yachts Australia, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, and tour the water at your own pace with Airlie Boat Hire.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach attractions planning app .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. While traveling from Magnetic Island, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
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Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach
Charter Yachts Australia ©
Charter Yachts Australia
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, then view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island attractions planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. April in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Indian Head and Lake Birrabeen. Explore hidden gems such as Champagne Pools and Wanggoolba Creek.

Plan trip to Fraser Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, car, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Port Kembla Beach and North Head Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Sea Cliff Bridge (in Coalcliff), The Entrance Pelican Feed (in The Entrance) and Zipline (in Wyong Creek). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning site .

Getting from Fraser Island to Sydney by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wollongong, North Head Sanctuary, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Sea Cliff Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ©
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
The Entrance Pelican Feed ©
The Entrance Pelican Feed
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to 13th Beach and Safety Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lonsdale Beach and Rye Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale), Fort Queenscliff Museum (in Queenscliff) and Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary (in Barwon Heads). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale, Barwon Heads, Fort Queenscliff Museum, Historic St Andrew's Anglican Church, Rye Beach
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Point Lonsdale Beach ©
Point Lonsdale Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

6
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Get outdoors at Trephina Gorge Nature Park and Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre and Hermannsburg Historic Precinct are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Finke Gorge National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ormiston Gorge, explore the galleries of Yubu Napa Art Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits, and view the masterpieces at Talapi.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs day trip site .

Getting from Melbourne to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Alice Springs to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Red Centre, Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
Find places to stay May 4 — 10:
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Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park

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