17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Brisbane
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
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Hamilton Island
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes All Inn Brewing Co, Queen Street Mall and Avid Reader Bookshop. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Circus Arts, join in the after-dark buzz at All Inn Brewing Co, then browse the collection at New Farm Library, and finally stop by Avid Reader Bookshop.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane itinerary maker app.

Coimbatore, India to Brisbane is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Coimbatore in April, expect nights in Brisbane to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are much colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, then see majestic marine mammals with Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and finally stop by With Sugar.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Whitsunday Island

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

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You can fly from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Whitsunday Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Brisbane

— 1 night

Australia's New World City

Your day by day itinerary now includes Eat Street Northshore. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Eat Street Northshore.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping
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Gold Coast

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and finally indulge your taste buds at Sanctuary Markets.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Byron Bay

— 1 night
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Craig Parry Photography, then stop by Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stone & Wood Brewery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay visit planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Gold Coast in April, with lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums

Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

You've now added Queen Street Mall to your itinerary. See even more of Brisbane: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip app.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

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.