15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 1 day
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 26th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip builder app .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Nature
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Airlie Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Etna Caves National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rockhampton trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Rockhampton is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Singing Ship
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

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