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:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

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. In October, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive 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

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.
Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) 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 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island online visit planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) 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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