8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stop by With Sugar and then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner.

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
On the 17th (Sun), race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach journey planning tool .

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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