15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Charleville
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Longreach
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  17​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
End: Brisbane

1
night
Charleville

Charleville ©
Charleville is a town and locality in the Shire of Murweh, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Historic House and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Charleville Bilby Experience, then see the sky in a new way at Charleville Cosmos Centre & Observatory, and finally identify plant and animal life at Outback Native Timber Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Charleville trip itinerary maker site .

Brisbane to Charleville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Charleville, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Charleville

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Historic House and Museum ©
Historic House and Museum

1
night
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at QANTAS Founders Museum, then see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Longreach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Longreach itinerary planner .

Getting from Charleville to Longreach by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Charleville in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Longreach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longreach
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QANTAS Founders Museum ©
QANTAS Founders Museum
Longreach ©
Longreach

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 1st (Sun): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, stroll through The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): get great views at Mount Stuart, take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, then don't miss a visit to Riverway, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Townsville vacation planner.

Getting from Longreach to Townsville by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Longreach in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Safaris, & more) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Rex Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Sports Club. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hamilton Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

2
nights
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 (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane journey builder app .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in September, plan for little chillier nights in Brisbane, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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