33 days in Australia Itinerary

33 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly
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Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Hamilton Island Marina, Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Noosa
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Cairns — 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Marine Discoveries, Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett and GSL Aviation. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Let the collections at The Crystal Caves and Spy & Camera Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park (in Lake Eacham) and Lake Barrine (in Yungaburra). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip app.

Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mossman Gorge Centre Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.
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Cape Tribulation — 1 night

A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre and then browse the exhibits of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Tribulation route website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island — 1 night

On the 11th (Mon), head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island travel route site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Magnetic Island takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 3 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Get outdoors at Heart Reef and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseshoe Bay and Whitsunday Opals. There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts, take a leisurely stroll along Shute Harbour, and take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 2 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip tool.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island by combination of ferry, flight, and car takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 23°C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Noosa.
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Noosa — 2 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then stop by Belmondos Organic Market, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noosa vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Noosa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 1 night

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 21st (Thu), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and finally pause for some photo ops at Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Brisbane vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 4 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.
Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Cape Byron Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Burleigh Head National Park and Pippi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Greenmount Beach (in Coolangatta) and Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina). And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Lennox Head Beach, look for gifts at Byron Bay Cookie Company Gift Shop, and stroll through Belongil Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for little chillier nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coogee Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Bondi Beach. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stop by The Rocks, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Byron Bay to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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