8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Gladstone
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Boreen Point
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Noosa
— 2 nights
8
Brisbane
— 1 day
End: Brisbane


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1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), browse the exhibits of Cairns Art Gallery, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Cairns itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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Townsville

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 4th (Sun), contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, stroll through Canoe Point Beach and Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinnaker Park, then get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gladstone tour planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Airlie Beach to Gladstone. In November, daily temperatures in Gladstone can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Canoe Point Beach and Parklands
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Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park

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night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 7th (Wed), explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Gladstone to Fraser Island in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fraser Island, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Boreen Point.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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hours
Boreen Point

Boreen Point
To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Boreen Point trip maker site .

Boreen Point is just a stone's throw from Noosa. On the 5th (Mon), you're off toFraser Island.

Things to do in Boreen Point

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa tour planning tool .

Noosa is just a stone's throw from Boreen Point. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, then browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

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