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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by With Sugar and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey 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, 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

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. There's lots more to do: get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, browse the different shops at Smithfield Shopping Centre, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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, Smithfield Shopping Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island day trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in September, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Victoria Bridge Abutment. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then explore the world behind art at GOMA, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Beaches

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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