11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip builder

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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Fitzroy Island
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive to Hamilton Island Airport, Fly to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

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Darwin

— 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Mason Gallery, then examine the collection at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Darwin sightseeing planning tool.

Mumbai, India to Darwin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Darwin in October, expect Cairns to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Fitzroy Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Fitzroy Island National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Oiled Massage Fitzroy Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fitzroy Island vacation builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. October in Fitzroy Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas tour builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fitzroy Island to Port Douglas. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography Gallery, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.