18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  6 h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h
4
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 45 min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
10
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Queenstown

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, get outside with Jetryder, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Melbourne in February, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

1
night
Airlie Beach

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 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach online day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In February in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Into The Blue Gallery ©
Into The Blue Gallery

1
day
Seventeen Seventy

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). On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seventeen Seventy trip planner.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Seventeen Seventy in 10 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Seventeen Seventy can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, trek along Fraser Island Great Walk, make a trip to K'gari, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eli Creek.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fraser Island day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Seventeen Seventy to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. On the 6th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Rainbow Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, and then explore the activities along Searys Creek.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rainbow Beach route planning app.

Drive from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Searys Creek ©
Searys Creek

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

Plan a trip to Noosa easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rainbow Beach to Noosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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 8th (Sun): walk around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 10th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Byron Bay

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.
On the 11th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Byron Bay route maker app.

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through The Rocks, and visit Darling Harbour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip builder.

Getting from Byron Bay to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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