8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Rainbow Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Brisbane
— Few hours
Fly:  28​h
End: Dublin

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then kick back and relax at Mission Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Mission Arts, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mission Beach tour planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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day
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the activities along Heart Reef, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness

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day
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Rainbow Beach, then explore the activities along Poona Lake, and then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rainbow Beach road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Airlie Beach to Rainbow Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

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night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach and then kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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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.
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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