18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
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Noosa
— 5 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Townsville
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Brierley Wines, learn about winemaking at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits, then take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach, explore the galleries of Elfotography Hervey Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Whistle Stop Rail Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay attractions app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Hervey Bay is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Hervey Bay is 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in January, expect Hervey Bay to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

5
nights
Noosa

Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Visit Noosa Main Beach and Peregian Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Sunshine Castle and Caloundra Lighthouses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noosa: Chenrezig Institute (in Eudlo), Mapleton Observatory (in Mapleton) and Buderim (Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage & Pioneer Cottage Buderim). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Bulcock Beach, and contemplate the long history of Everglades.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Noosa holiday site.

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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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 (Fri): see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then examine the collection at Opal Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Sun), race across the water with a speed boat tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then take in the exciting artwork at Into The Blue Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, and finally stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

2
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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.
On the 21st (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then steep yourself in history at Kissing Point Fort, and finally learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville road trip website.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Village Gallery, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday maker tool.

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.