22 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
Train
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Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive
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Lismore
Drive
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Nimbin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
Train
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Proserpine
Shuttle
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Airlie Beach
— 9 nights
Shuttle
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Proserpine
— 1 night
Train
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Cairns
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 2 nights

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Sydney

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.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. James Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary builder tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 1 night

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass and then make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba driving holiday planning tool.

Take a train from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Katoomba, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lismore.
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Lismore

Lismore is a city in northeastern New South Wales, Australia and the main population centre in the City of Lismore local government area; it is also a regional centre in the Northern Rivers region of the State. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get lost in a book at Lismore Library and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Lismore road trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Lismore in 8.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lismore can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Nimbin.
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Nimbin — 2 nights

Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30km north of Lismore, 33km northeast of Kyogle, and 70km west of Byron Bay.Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Whian Whian State Conservation Area, identify plant and animal life at O'Reillys Birds of Prey, and then take some stellar pictures from Bellbird Lookout & Circuit.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nimbin trip planner.

Drive from Lismore to Nimbin in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Nimbin are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for 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.
On the 15th (Thu), learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, then appreciate the history behind Big Prawn, and then take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Broken Head Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, then get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, and finally enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nimbin to Byron Bay takes 1.5 hours. August in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Brisbane.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): wander the streets of Wynnum Esplanade.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip site.

Getting from Byron Bay to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Proserpine.
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Proserpine

Proserpine is a town and a locality in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 18th (Sun), experience rural life at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation and then look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy.

Discover how to plan a Proserpine trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Brisbane to Proserpine in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect nights in Proserpine to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 9 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Above & Below Photography Gallery and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Horseshoe Bay and Hydeaway Bay Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Airlie Beach: Bowen (Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout & The Big Mango) and Gloucester Island National Park (in Hydeaway Bay). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Dryander National Park. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Conway National Park. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along Whitsunday Great Walk, cast your line with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Proserpine to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Proserpine, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Proserpine.
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Proserpine — 1 night

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Proserpine trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Airlie Beach to Proserpine takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Proserpine, with lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Cairns on the 28th (Wed).
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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 28th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Proserpine to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Proserpine in August since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Opal Reef and Port Douglas Court House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 2 nights

The Harbour City

Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt Sydney, ponder the world of politics at Government House, admire the masterpieces at Customs House, then stop by Opal Minded, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Olympia Milk Bar.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip app.

Getting from Port Douglas to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in August, with highs in Sydney at 66°F and lows at 49°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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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Brisbane Region travel guide

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Parks · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Tours of Brisbane Region allow you to enjoy all the modern amenities of an easygoing, multicultural capital, as well as to satisfy your inner adventurer in untouched national parks and sand islands. Excellent dining, stylish shopping neighborhoods, and lively music scene await curious travelers at the charming state capital. To explore the region's great outdoors--bush tracks, vast sand dunes, pristine waterfalls, and rainforest canopies--you'll just need to hop on a water taxi or take a short drive from the city. North Stradbroke and its neighboring Moreton Island offer ample hiking, snorkeling, and wildlife watching opportunities, but to truly immerse yourself in the region's beautiful nature, visit one of the six national parks within the Scenic Rim.
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