12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Emerald
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Barcaldine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Longreach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Winton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Hughenden
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Charters Towers
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Emerald

Emerald ©
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Emerald Train Station, then admire the engineering at Fairbairn Dam, then walk around Vicki Peters Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Emerald itinerary planner.

Sydney to Emerald is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Emerald hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcaldine.

Things to do in Emerald

Parks Historic Sites
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Botanic Gardens ©
Botanic Gardens
Emerald Train Station ©
Emerald Train Station
Fairbairn Dam ©
Fairbairn Dam

1
night
Barcaldine

Barcaldine ©
Barcaldine is a small town and locality in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. On the 3rd (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Tree of Knowledge Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Australian Workers Heritage Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lara Wetlands.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcaldine journey maker app .

Drive from Emerald to Barcaldine in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Longreach.

Things to do in Barcaldine

Nature Parks Museums
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Lara Wetlands ©
Lara Wetlands
Australian Workers Heritage Centre ©
Tree of Knowledge Memorial ©
Tree of Knowledge Memorial

2
nights
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 4th (Wed), examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Longreach. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum, explore the galleries of Outback Pics, then get engrossed in the history at Longreach Powerhouse Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langenbaker House.

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You can drive from Barcaldine to Longreach in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Winton.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ilfracombe, Longreach
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1
night
Winton

Winton ©
Winton is a town and locality in the Shire of Winton in Central West Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Waltzing Matilda Centre, examine the collection at Australian Age of Dinosaurs, and then see the interesting displays at Qantilda Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Winton online route planner .

Traveling by car from Longreach to Winton takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hughenden.

Things to do in Winton

Museums
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Australian Age of Dinosaurs ©
Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Waltzing Matilda Centre ©
Waltzing Matilda Centre
Qantilda Museum ©
Qantilda Museum

1
night
Hughenden

Hughenden ©
Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Porcupine Gorge National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hughenden online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Winton to Hughenden takes 3 hours. In September in Hughenden, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Hughenden

Nature Parks
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Porcupine Gorge National Park ©
Porcupine Gorge National Park

3
nights
Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. Visit Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery and The Miner's Cottage for their historical value. Visiting Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Great Tropical Drive will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest, explore and take pictures at Leahton Park, get engrossed in the history at Assay Room and Mining Museum, and make a trip to Stock Exchange Arcade.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Charters Towers holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hughenden to Charters Towers takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Queensland
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Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery ©
Stock Exchange Arcade ©
Stock Exchange Arcade
The Miner's Cottage ©
The Miner's Cottage

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kissing Point Fort, contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

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You can drive from Charters Towers to Townsville in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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