16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h
1
Brisbane
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
3
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Townsville
— 6 nights
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
End: Adelaide

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hours
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 16th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium and then admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker .

Adelaide to Brisbane is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Adelaide in March since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Nissan Navara Arena, then have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre, and then pause for some photo ops at Rod Laver.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rockhampton planning site .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Rockhampton in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Artspace Mackay, cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, and then cool off at Mackay Aqua Park. On your second day here, stroll through Bluewater Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay trip planner .

Getting from Rockhampton to Mackay by car takes about 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Parks Shopping
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Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

6
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.
Townsville is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, and don't miss a visit to Riverway.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Townsville trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Townsville. March in Townsville sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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