26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Blue Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Ferry
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Dive Centre Manly. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Queenstown, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Blue Mountains National Park.
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Blue Mountains National Park — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Cathedral of Ferns Walk. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, then explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock, and then hike along Grand Canyon track.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Blue Mountains National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Blue Mountains National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 3 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Broken Head Beach and Wategos Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Byron Bay Dive Centre, kick back and relax at Belongil Beach, stroll through Lennox Head Beach, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay holiday builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Mountains National Park to Byron Bay. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.
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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.
On the 8th (Sun), fulfill a lifelong dream with Queensland Scuba Diving Company, then kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll around South Bank Parklands, don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, and get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noosa.
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Noosa — 2 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Noosa Main Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Air Museum and Hastings Street. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Mooloolaba (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Peregian Beach and gear up at Underground Surf.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Yeppoon.
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Yeppoon — 1 night

Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Shell World Yeppoon, then stroll through Yeppoon Main Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Jet James Art Gallery, and finally get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon.

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Traveling by flight from Noosa to Yeppoon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Yeppoon, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

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 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Boathaven Beach, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip site.

Getting from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yeppoon in January, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 1 day

On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island road trip tool.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip maker tool.

Take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Townsville.
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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 20th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Anzac Park, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville travel route builder site.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Annie's at the Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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Whitsunday Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas
Set at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands remain one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over half a million travelers each year. Made up of 74 mainly uninhabited islands--only five boast resorts and several more allow camping--this exotic tropical getaway mesmerizes visitors with warm turquoise waters hugged by some of the finest beaches in the world. A trip to Whitsunday Islands is a feast for the senses. Sailing, kayaking, and power boating rank among the top things to do in Whitsunday Islands, next to diving and snorkeling, providing a chance to explore the seaways, pristine beaches, and secluded coves.
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