15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  4​h
1
Tin Can Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Cairns
— 1 night
End: Cairns

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Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay ©
Tin Can Bay is a town and locality in the Wide Bay–Burnett region in Queensland, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Barnacles Dolphin Centre, kick back and relax at Rainbow Beach, stroll through Cooloola Recreation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, and finally enjoy the sea views from Double Island Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tin Can Bay trip planner .

Brisbane to Tin Can Bay is an approximately 3-hour car ride. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toSeventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Tin Can Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rainbow Beach, Cooloola National Park
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Barnacles Dolphin Centre ©
Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

1
night
Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). On the 12th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joseph Banks Regional Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seventeen Seventy online holiday planner .

Drive from Tin Can Bay to Seventeen Seventy in 4 hours. August in Seventeen Seventy sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn about all things military at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, then kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Farnborough Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Seventeen Seventy to Rockhampton takes 3 hours. Traveling from Seventeen Seventy in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rockhampton, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

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Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
On the 15th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Hillsborough National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Hillsborough travel route builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rockhampton to Cape Hillsborough. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Nature
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

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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 16th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Artspace Mackay, and then stroll through Bucasia Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mackay journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Cape Hillsborough to Mackay takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Mackay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bucasia Beach ©
Bucasia Beach
Artspace Mackay ©
Artspace Mackay

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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.
On the 17th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Above & Below Photography Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach visit planner .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mackay in August since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

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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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 19th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Tours
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
On the 21st (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach itinerary planner .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Skydiving
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip app .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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