22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Gold Coast
— 5 nights
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Noosa
— 3 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
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Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Brisbane
— 3 nights

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, catch some excitement at Infinity Attraction, visit Gold Coast Skydive, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast vacation builder site.

Melbourne to Gold Coast is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Gold Coast Skydive ©
Gold Coast Skydive
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa journey website.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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Airlie Beach

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 27th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at Escape CQ, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Noosa to Airlie Beach in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Helicopter Tours

4
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Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, get outside with Jetryder, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

3
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Cairns

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 (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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