36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Fraser Island
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Bucasia Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, and take in the waterfront at Shute Harbour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online itinerary planner .

Sydney to Airlie Beach is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In November, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bucasia Beach, Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 Hamilton Island Golf Club and Catseye Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, make a trip to Passage Peak, and browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island by ferry takes about an hour. November in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and Cairns Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Shark Diving. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Wrights Lookout & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Yungaburra (The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Lake Barrine, & more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take an in-depth tour of Spy & Camera Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Herberton, Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Spas
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 27:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Photography Tours

5
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eli Creek and Indian Head. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Champagne Pools and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Cairns to Fraser Island in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Cairns in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

6
nights
Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Marcoola Beach and Buderim Forest Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre and Tina Cooper Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Mooloolaba (Scuba & Snorkeling, Mooloolaba Beach, & more), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Caloundra (Kings Beach & Bulcock Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, stroll through Maroochydore Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, and explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Noosa road trip app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Eumundi, Caloundra, Carlo Sand Blow, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Watersports Guru and Kirra Beach. Visiting Greenmount Beach and Springbrook National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach), Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast (in Surfers Paradise) and Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach). Spend the 12th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, take a stroll through West End, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane planning tool .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 17:
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach