16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Drive
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Dubbo
— 1 night
Drive
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Dorrigo
— 1 night
Drive
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Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive to River Heads, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 1 night
Ferry to River Heads, Drive to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Drive to Breakwater Ferry, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 1 night
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Drive to Townsville Airport, Fly to Cairns International Airport, Drive to Cardwell
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Cardwell
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 5 nights
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Dubbo

Visit the city of Dubbo, the most populous urban area in the Orana Region, for an exciting and thriving multicultural city from which to explore the surrounding Great Western Plains.
To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubbo day trip app.

Melbourne to Dubbo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Dubbo: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Dubbo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

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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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip builder app.

Fly from Dubbo to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Byron Bay is somewhat warmer than Dubbo - with highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dorrigo.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Dorrigo

Dorrigo, a small town on the Waterfall Way, is located on the Northern Tablelands, in northern New South Wales, Australia. To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dorrigo trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Dorrigo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You will leave for Noosa on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Dorrigo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 31st (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Noosa tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Dorrigo to Noosa in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Noosa to Rainbow Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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Fraser Island

On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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Magnetic Island

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Magnetic Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip maker.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Cardwell.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Cardwell

Cardwell is a tropical coastal town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hinchinbrook Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cardwell online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Magnetic Island to Cardwell with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cardwell

Nature · Parks

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, &more), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, explore the galleries of Bones and Jones, and walk around Munro Martin Parklands.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Cardwell to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.