22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Noosa
— 1 night
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Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Bundaberg
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Bundaberg
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Rockhampton
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Mackay
— 1 night
Drive
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Airlie Beach
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
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Innisfail
Drive
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Cairns
— 3 nights

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Sydney — 4 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney online travel planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Blue Mountains National Park.
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Blue Mountains National Park — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bilpin Cider Company, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and finally stroll through Lincoln's Rock.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Blue Mountains National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park takes an hour. In January in Blue Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Coffs Harbour.
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Coffs Harbour — 1 night

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Mountains National Park to Coffs Harbour. Traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in January, expect nights in Coffs Harbour to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. You will leave for Byron Bay on the 4th (Wed).
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Byron Bay — 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Byron Bay Dive Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Craig Parry Photography, then admire the natural beauty at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 1 night

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.
To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Brisbane, with lows around 25°C. You'll set off for Noosa on the 6th (Fri).
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Noosa — 1 night

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 6th (Fri), stroll through Mooloolaba Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rainbow Beach.
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Rainbow Beach — 1 night

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Searys Creek, look for all kinds of wild species at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, then relax and rejuvenate at Rainbow Beach Massage, Retreats and Wellness Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Noosa to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 3 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Champagne Pools, take a tour of Maheno Ship Wreck, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.
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Bundaberg

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg journey builder app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Bundaberg in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bundaberg can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will leave for Rockhampton on the 12th (Thu).
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Rockhampton

With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Saleyards Distillery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rockhampton route planner.

Drive from Bundaberg to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Mackay.
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Highlights from your trip

Mackay — 1 night

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Bluewater Trail, cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Big On Shoes (Formerly Known As Fredericks Showcase Space).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mackay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Mackay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Airlie 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.
To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island — 2 nights

On the 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, then stroll through Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with Pro Dive Magnetic Island and then kick back and relax at West Point.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Magnetic Island visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Innisfail.
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Innisfail

Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Innisfail day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Innisfail. January in Innisfail sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris) and Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns tour app.

You can drive from Innisfail to Cairns in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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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Blue Mountains travel guide

4.5
World heritage site · Lookouts · Mountains
Cloaked by a natural blue haze that lingers above vast eucalypt forests and rugged sandstone tablelands, Blue Mountains remain Australia's most accessible World Heritage-listed wilderness within a two-hour drive from Sidney. Equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and avid nature lovers, a trip to Blue Mountains places you near canyons, waterfalls, underground caves, and limestone formations that date back at least 340 million years. Fresh mountain air serves as a perfect stimulus for numerous exhilarating activities and adventure sports. Hiking, bushwalking, rock climbing, canyoning, and abseiling rank among top things to do in Blue Mountains. The region's many festivals and rich Aboriginal heritage add a dash of culture to primarily nature-oriented Blue Mountains vacations.
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Sunshine Coast travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.
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