28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Magnetic Island
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Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Breakwater Terminal, Train to Mackay, Fly to Brisbane
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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 4 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Billy Tea Safaris will get you outdoors. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Agincourt Reef. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation, approximately Cape Tribulation away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Magnetic Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see what you can catch with Magnetic Island Time Cruises, kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at West Point, and then surround yourself with nature on Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Magnetic Island travel route planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Magnetic Island in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Brisbane

— 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kings Beach. Visiting Mooloolaba Beach and Coolangatta Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Jetboat Extreme (in Surfers Paradise) and Sunshine Coast Brewery (in Kunda Park). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and flight from Magnetic Island to Brisbane in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, Brisbane is little chillier than Magnetic Island - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fraser Island

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake McKenzie and Central Station Rainforest. You'll get in some beach time at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Sydney

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Mountains and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wentworth Falls Lookout. Step out of Sydney to go to Leura and see Everglades Historic House and Gardens, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Kangaroo Island

— 3 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Explore hidden gems such as Seal Bay Conservation Park and Kelly Hill Caves. Step out of the city life by going to Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. It doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island travel site.

You can fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Darwin

— 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 5th (Thu), cool off at Darwin Waterfront, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Darwin in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.