15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Kingscliff
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ipswich
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mooloolaba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Ayr
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
12
Casuarina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Sydney

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night
Kingscliff

Kingscliff ©
A coastal town that hosts surfers, swimmers, and water-sport enthusiasts, Kingscliff is a wet and wild vacation spot.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kingscliff trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney to Kingscliff is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ipswich.

Things to do in Kingscliff

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Norries Head
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Norries Head ©
Norries Head
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

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night
Ipswich

Ipswich
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. On the 1st (Tue), let little ones run wild at Robelle Domain, explore the striking landscape at White Rock-Spring Mtn Conservation Estate, and then walk around Queens Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ipswich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kingscliff to Ipswich takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kingscliff in September, Ipswich is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Queens Park
Queens Park
Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain

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Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 2nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo, and then let little ones run wild at Buderim Lions Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mooloolaba road trip planner .

You can drive from Ipswich to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ipswich in October: highs in Mooloolaba hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Buderim Lions Park, Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Woodgate Beach.

Plan a trip to Bundaberg easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Bundaberg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

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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). Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Joseph Banks Regional Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seventeen Seventy journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Seventeen Seventy takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bundaberg in October since evenings lows in Seventeen Seventy dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon, and then kick back and relax at Farnborough Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yeppoon day trip app .

Traveling by car from Seventeen Seventy to Yeppoon takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Yeppoon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park, and then cruise along Mango Avenue.

To plan Mackay vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Yeppoon to Mackay by car takes about 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mackay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ayr.

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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Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.GeographyAyr is located 88km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth, admire the masterpieces at Zaro Cultural Gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ayr Nature Display.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ayr online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Airlie Beach to Ayr in 2.5 hours. In October in Ayr, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Home Hill
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Ayr Nature Display ©
Ayr Nature Display

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Hill.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Townsville road trip planner.

You can drive from Ayr to Townsville in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

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

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Townsville to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Casuarina.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Casuarina

Casuarina ©
On the 13th (Sun), head outdoors with Perth Wake Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Casuarina holiday planning site .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Casuarina with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Casuarina is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Casuarina reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Casuarina

Outdoors

Side Trip

Perth Wake Park
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Perth Wake Park ©
Perth Wake Park

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