23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Madrid
Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4 h 30 min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Madrid

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and Lincoln's Rock. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Sydney is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

4
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Visit Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, catch a live event at Suncorp Stadium, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): walk around Gooseponds, then stroll through Bucasia Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Mango Avenue. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lamberts Lookout, then kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach, and then stroll through Bluewater Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mackay trip builder app.

Getting from Brisbane to Mackay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mackay, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hillsborough National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cape Hillsborough trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Mackay to Cape Hillsborough in an hour. In August in Cape Hillsborough, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Nature Parks
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Horseshoe Bay. Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online itinerary builder.

Drive from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Cape Hillsborough in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. You will leave for Magnetic Island on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island travel planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Magnetic Island: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail ©
Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Trinity Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Birdworld Kuranda will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, and take in the exciting artwork at Terra Nova Gallery.

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You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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