23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and Lincoln's Rock. Change things up with a short trip to The Three Sisters in Katoomba (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Madrid, Spain to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Madrid to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Coolangatta Beach and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You'll get in some beach time at Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim) and Pelican Feeding (in Labrador). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): walk around Gooseponds, enjoy the sand and surf at Bucasia Beach, and then cruise along Mango Avenue. On your second day here, stroll through Lamberts Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamberts Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brisbane to Mackay. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mackay when traveling from Brisbane in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Mackay

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

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 other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Hillsborough trip planner .

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Nature Parks
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseshoe Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Cape Hillsborough in August, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Geoffrey Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Magnetic Island National Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Magnetic Island, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Kuranda (Terra Nova Gallery & Australian Butterfly Sanctuary). Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

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Getting from Magnetic Island to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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