19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  6​h
1
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Byron Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Noosa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
car:  8​h
8
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
car:  1​h
10
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
11
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
13
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

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night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 21st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, make a trip to The Clog Barn, then take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour sightseeing website .

Sydney to Coffs Harbour is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

1
day
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, then hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Trails Spas

Side Trip

Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Spas

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

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Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

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night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll around South Bank Parklands, find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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hours
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): wander the streets of Hastings Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Noosa online journey planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Hastings Street ©
Hastings Street

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nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Poona Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rainbow Beach trip planning app .

Getting from Noosa to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Barnacles Dolphin Centre
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

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nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then step aboard Maheno Wreck.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island takes 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

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night
Mackay

Mackay
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mackay online route maker .

Explore your travel options from Fraser Island to Mackay with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Airlie Beach on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Nature
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night
Airlie Beach

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 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach sightseeing site .

You can drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Whitsunday Island in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Whitsunday Island: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Mission Beach

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 3rd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach holiday website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Whitsunday Island to Mission Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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Cairns

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 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
The Great Ocean Road has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planning tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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