14 days in Australia Itinerary

14 days in Australia Itinerary

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14 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Rockhampton
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Rockhampton

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Museum of Tropical Queensland and The Strand. Head to The Drill Hall Studio and Perc Tucker Regional Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville driving holiday planner.

Rockhampton to Townsville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in October, Townsville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Head to Village Gallery and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outletsfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Four Mile Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Shop till you drop at Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugar. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Catseye Beach, and finally get outside with Jetryder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

3
nights
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 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach planner .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. October in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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