15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Trinity Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Townsville

Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville vacation maker.

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary planner.

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in January, Brisbane is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
We've included these beaches for you: Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Peregian Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Explore Noosa's surroundings by going to Caloundra (Spas, Kings Beach, &more) and Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola). It doesn't end there: stop by Underground Surf and trot along with Noosa Horses.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip maker tool.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): grab your bike and head to Esplanade, then look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier, and then kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hervey Bay sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.