34 days in Australia Itinerary

34 days in Australia Itinerary

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34 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hamilton Island
1
Hamilton Island
— 14 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Hamilton Island

14
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Escape the urban bustle at Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Explore hidden gems such as Jetryder and Hamilton Island Bowling Alley. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, and get your game on at Sports Club.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island day trip planner.

In October in Hamilton Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 15:
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Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You've now added Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation route maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Hamilton Island to Cape Tribulation takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

2
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've now added Horseback Riding Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Champagne Pools has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere and then stroll through Burrum Heads Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Traveling from Hamilton Island in October, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Fraser Island. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Gold Coast in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Bullet and then tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Gold Coast to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grays Bay, Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach ©
Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Big Mama Sailing, stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then tour the water at your own pace with Pilgrim Sailing.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

3
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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