22 days in Australia Itinerary

22 days in Australia Itinerary

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22 days in Australia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Morpeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Grafton
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Maryborough
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Rockhampton
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
Mackay
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Cooktown
— Few hours
Fly:  30​h
Zurich

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in January, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Morpeth.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Morpeth

Morpeth ©
Morpeth is a suburb of the city of Maitland in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Morpeth Gallery, examine the collection at Morpeth Museum, then contemplate the long history of Maitland Gaol, and finally browse the exhibits of Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Morpeth day trip planning site .

You can drive from Sydney to Morpeth in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Morpeth

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

East Maitland, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
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Morpeth Museum ©
Morpeth Museum
Maitland Gaol ©
Maitland Gaol
Maitland Regional Art Gallery ©
Maitland Regional Art Gallery

1
day
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Morpeth to Port Macquarie in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Morpeth in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grafton.

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#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

3
days
Grafton

Grafton ©
The city of Grafton is the seat of Local Government, the Federal and State Government administrative centre, and the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Turners Beach and Diggers beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pippi Beach and Spooky Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grafton: Coffs Harbour (South Solitary Island, Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, & more). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grafton day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Grafton in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in January: highs in Grafton hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Grafton

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Spooky Beach
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Pippi Beach ©
Pippi Beach
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Grafton to Gold Coast by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

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#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
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 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at GOMA, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
GOMA ©
GOMA

1
day
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bond Store Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Maryborough Family Heritage Institute, then identify plant and animal life at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take a tour by water with Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Maryborough trip planning tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maryborough in 3.5 hours. In January in Maryborough, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Maryborough

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Tours

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Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort
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Bond Store Museum ©
Bond Store Museum

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hours
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): cool off at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rockhampton trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from Maryborough to Rockhampton with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre ©

few
hours
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 14th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space, then identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbour Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay sightseeing website .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Harbour Beach ©
Harbour Beach

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville travel route builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Townsville with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

2
days
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 16th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, take an in-depth tour of Australian Sugar Industry Museum, and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Djiru National Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mission Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Murdering Point Winery, Australian Sugar Industry Museum
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

4
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder website .

Drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, Historic Village Herberton, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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hours
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Great Northern Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cooktown trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Cairns to Cooktown in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Cooktown History Centre ©
Cooktown History Centre

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