36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 27 nights
End: Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder tool .

Cairns to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get slightly colder in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to Hastings Street and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Brisbane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

27
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation), Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, & more). Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Barron Gorge National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman, Cow Bay, Daintree
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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