15 days in Australia Itinerary

15 days in Australia Itinerary

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15 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Emu Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rainbow Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
End: Brisbane

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing app .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In May in Cairns, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Shark Diving
Skydiving
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Hinchinbrook Island. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Mission Arts and then get engrossed in the history at Australian Sugar Industry Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Australian Sugar Industry Museum, Hinchinbrook Island
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Hinchinbrook Island ©
Hinchinbrook Island

1
night
Airlie Beach

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 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy and then stroll through Whitsunday Great Walk.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online travel route planner .

Getting from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Emu Park.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Colour Me Crazy
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Colour Me Crazy ©
Colour Me Crazy

1
night
Emu Park

Emu Park ©
Emu Park is a small town and locality on the Capricorn Coast located 21 kilometres south of Yeppoon in Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at Coastal Funk and then get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Emu Park journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Airlie Beach to Emu Park with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in May since evenings lows in Emu Park dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Emu Park

Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Coastal Funk ©
Coastal Funk

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nights
Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Hervey Bay Go Kart Track, then make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts, then tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alexandra Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Palace Backpackers Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Emu Park to Hervey Bay with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bundaberg, Palace Backpackers Memorial, Mary Poppins Statue
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Hervey Bay Go Kart Track ©
Hervey Bay Go Kart Track
Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company ©

3
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mapleton Falls National Park and Tewantin National Park. Explore Rainbow Beach's surroundings by going to Noosa Botanic Gardens (in Cooroy) and Spas & Wellness (in Coolum Beach). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Coolum Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rainbow Beach online travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Hervey Bay to Rainbow Beach with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Noosa Botanic Gardens, Mapleton Falls National Park, Tewantin National Park, Coolum Beach, Spas & Wellness
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Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Mapleton Falls National Park ©
Mapleton Falls National Park
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Newstead House, don't miss a visit to Anzac Square, and then shop like a local with Queen Street Mall. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), then get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and then explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rainbow Beach to Brisbane. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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