9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​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.
On the 18th (Tue), look for gifts at With Sugar and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas sightseeing planning tool .

Sydney to Port Douglas is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in September since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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.
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Dicky Beach, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then take a stroll through West End.

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Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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