24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  7​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Canberra

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation builder app .

Canberra to Cairns is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Townsville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

3
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 (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach route planner .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Townsville in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tondoon Botanic Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Auckland Hill Lookout, then let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, and finally walk around Spinnaker Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gladstone trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Gladstone. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Gladstone. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:
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Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park
Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, and finally do a tasting at Ohana Cider House & Tropical Winery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bundaberg tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Bundaberg takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Bundaberg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Breweries & Distilleries Wineries Museums
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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

4
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sea views from Sandy Cape Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to K'gari, and take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island road trip site .

Getting from Bundaberg to Fraser Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hervey Bay road trip site .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

3
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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Brisbane are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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