29 days in Gold Coast, Bondi & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

29 days in Gold Coast, Bondi & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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29 days in Gold Coast, Bondi & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Bondi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
8
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burleigh Heads Beach and Natural Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Gold Coast to Byron Bay to see Stand-Up Paddleboarding about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip tool .

London, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bondi.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
nights
Bondi

Bondi ©
We've included these beaches for you: Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Tamarama Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nan Tien Temple and Vaucluse House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bondi: Bald Hill Lookout (in Stanwell Tops), Kiama (Little Blowhole Reserve “Endeavour Lookout” & Kiama Blowhole) and Werri Beach (in Gerringong).

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bondi trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gold Coast to Bondi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wollongong, Kiama, Vaucluse House, Waverley Cemetery, Bronte Beach
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Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hamilton Island Golf Club and Passage Peak. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina and get outside with Jetryder.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Hamilton Island. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Bondi in February, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

4
nights
Airlie Beach

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Heart Reef. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Bay in Bowen, approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 16th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach day trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island travel planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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night
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at 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. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Whitsunday Island to Magnetic Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. February in Magnetic Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

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

2
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kennedy Walking Track and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mission Beach attractions planner .

Getting from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

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nights
Port Douglas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Agincourt Reef and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and With Sugar. Spend the 23rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Port Douglas in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Safaris

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nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balloon Rides and Spas & Wellness. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Australian Leather Company, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Balloon Rides

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