37 days in Australia Itinerary

37 days in Australia Itinerary

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37 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Brisbane
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
9
Byron Bay
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
End: Perth

1
night
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.
For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Perth to Cairns is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Perth in January, with lows around 28°C. You will leave for Cape Tribulation on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Bloomfield Waterfall
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

8
nights
Cairns

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Babinda Boulders. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yorkeys Knob Beach and Ellis Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park (in Lake Eacham). See some other sides of Cairns: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Ellis Beach, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park, Cathedral Fig Tree, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On your second day here, head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park, then kick back and relax at West Point, and then look for gifts at Magnetic Island Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Museum ©
Magnetic Island Museum

3
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseshoe Bay will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Whitsunday Great Walk. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and West End. Get in touch with nature at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Tamborine Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Federation Walk Coastal Reserve (in Main Beach), Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens (in Benowa) and Zipline (in Gold Coast). There's much more to do: head off the coast to St Helena Island National Park, get outside with Settlement Cove, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Shorncliffe Beach.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip planning site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in February, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Glass House Mountains National Park, Moffat Beach, Settlement Cove
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamborine Mountain ©
Tamborine Mountain
Zipline

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park, and then kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weyba, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Buderim Forest Park, Marcoola Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 28th (Fri), kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island journey builder site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Noosa to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In February, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Byron Walking Track and Main Beach Yamba. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Ballina (Lighthouse Beach & Big Prawn), Yamba (Pippi Beach & Turners Beach) and Victoria Park Nature Reserve (in Alstonville). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape of Arakwal National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Fraser Island to Byron Bay by combination of car and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Byron Bay, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yamba, Broken Head, Ballina, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Bundjalung National Park
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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