51 days in Australia Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly
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Byron Bay
— 5 nights
Drive
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Brisbane
— 6 nights
Drive
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Noosa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
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Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Wanggoolba Creek, Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Seventeen Seventy
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Seventeen Seventy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Airlie Beach
— 5 nights
Bus
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Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Train to Townsville, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Drive to Mission Beach
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Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly

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Sydney — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights), Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route tool.

Bristol, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Bristol to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Byron Bay.
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Byron Bay — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Friends of the Koala (in Lismore), Murwillumbah (Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah & Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre) and Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail (in Ballina). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with Sundive Byron Bay, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online vacation planner.

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 6 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glass House Mountains National Park (in Glass House Mountains) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and examine the collection at Opal Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online route planner.

Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noosa.
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Noosa — 6 nights

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Get out of town with these interesting Noosa side-trips: Fishermans Road Market (in Diddillibah), The Shed @ Forest Glen (in Forest Glen) and Maleny (Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World & Gardners Falls). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at The Noosa Spa, kick back and relax at Kings Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Rainbow Beach.
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Rainbow Beach — 2 nights

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Cooloola Recreation Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 5 nights

Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Birrabeen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Head, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seventeen Seventy.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Seventeen Seventy — 2 nights

Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Bustard Bay Lookout, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then appreciate the history behind Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn.

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Do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Seventeen Seventy in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. In April in Seventeen Seventy, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Airlie Beach: Hamilton Island (Passage Peak, Catseye Beach, &more). There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Getting from Seventeen Seventy to Airlie Beach by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for Whitsunday Island on the 24th (Mon).
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

Whitsunday Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip site.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in April since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.
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Magnetic Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Magnetic Bliss Massage, then cast your line with Magnetic Island Time Cruises, and then explore the activities along Arthur Bay. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Florence Bay, and then kick back and relax at Alma Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Magnetic Island itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.
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Mission Beach — 1 night

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 28th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then see some colorful creatures with Reef Express.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mission Beach online vacation builder.

Getting from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach by combination of ferry and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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Cairns — 6 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: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach), Port Douglas (Horseback Riding Tours, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). Spend the 29th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker site.

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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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