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
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Yeppoon
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 1 day
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Ferry
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Mission Beach
— 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 — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with Byron Bay Dive Centre, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Craig Parry Photography, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay driving holiday planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Byron Bay. January in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive 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 6th (Fri), 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 8th (Sun) 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 Opal Museum. 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, admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, and take in nature's colorful creations 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 11th (Wed) 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Noosa National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Queensland Air Museum and Hastings Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Noosa to Mooloolaba to see Mooloolaba Beach about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Peregian Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and stop by Underground Surf.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) 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 14th (Sat), 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 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 day

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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Yeppoon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 1 day

On the 16th (Mon), 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 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Crocodile Safari, then browse the exhibits of Above & Below Photography Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, then view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online trip itinerary planner.

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. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mission Beach.
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Mission Beach — 1 night

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with Mission Beach Dive, kick back and relax at Mission Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
Get outdoors at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns travel tool.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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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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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