22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia vacation planner

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Fly
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Townsville
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maleny
— 1 night
Drive
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Noosa
— 1 night
Drive
10
Agnes Water
— 1 night
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 1 night
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Cairns

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route builder site.

Birmingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in June, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 1 night
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mission Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, and finally make a trip to Golden Gumboot.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries · Adventure

Side Trips

Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, then steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Townsville online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Heart Reef, explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in June, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Brisbane

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Old Government House, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in June since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Craig Parry Photography, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Belongil Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay road trip planning tool.

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

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 11th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and finally stroll through Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Tugun Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast trip builder site.

You can drive from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Maleny.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Maleny

— 1 night
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hike along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Montville Art Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gold Coast to Maleny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Maleny sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trips

Noosa

— 1 night
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 14th (Sun), gear up at Underground Surf, stroll through Noosa Main Beach, then trot along with Noosa Horses, and finally kick back and relax at Peregian Beach.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Maleny to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Agnes Water

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary, then go for a walk through Paperbark Forest Walk, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joseph Banks Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Agnes Water trip planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Agnes Water takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Agnes Water can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Fraser Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Agnes Water to Fraser Island in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Agnes Water in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fraser Island, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary's Cathedral and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters, The Giant Stairway, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Start your trip to Sydney by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in June, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.