16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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Kingscliff

Kingscliff ©
A coastal town that hosts surfers, swimmers, and water-sport enthusiasts, Kingscliff is a wet and wild vacation spot.
On the next day, head outdoors with Watersports Guru, then admire all the interesting features of Tropical Fruit World, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kingscliff trip itinerary planner .

Sydney to Kingscliff is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ipswich.

Things to do in Kingscliff

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World
Spas

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Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Queens Park, then walk around Robelle Domain, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Catholic Church.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ipswich online itinerary planner .

Drive from Kingscliff to Ipswich in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kingscliff in September since evenings lows in Ipswich dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Fun & Games Nature
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Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain
Queens Park
Queens Park
St Marys Catholic Church ©
St Marys Catholic Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Buderim Lions Park, have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to HMAS Brisbane.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip builder app .

You can drive from Ipswich to Mooloolaba in 2 hours. Traveling from Ipswich in October, expect nights in Mooloolaba to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Buderim Lions Park
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bundaberg online tour planner .

Getting from Mooloolaba to Bundaberg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
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). On the 4th (Fri), make a trip to Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn and then explore the striking landscape of Lady Musgrave Island.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seventeen Seventy travel route site .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Seventeen Seventy takes 2 hours. Traveling from Bundaberg in October, Seventeen Seventy is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lady Musgrave Island
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Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island

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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): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, and then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yeppoon online trip planner .

You can drive from Seventeen Seventy to Yeppoon in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors Parks
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Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout ©
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout

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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, then make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park, and then kick back and relax at Town Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mackay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yeppoon to Mackay takes 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 Beaches Outdoors
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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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.
On the 7th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stop by Beach Book Boutique, and finally kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach planning website .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Zaro Cultural Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth, and then view the masterpieces at Ayr Nature Display.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ayr holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Ayr takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ayr can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. 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), view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville journey planning app .

Drive from Ayr to Townsville in 1.5 hours. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Beaches
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip app .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Casuarina.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Casuarina

Casuarina ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Cohunu Koala Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Casuarina tour itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Casuarina. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Casuarina due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Casuarina to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 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

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cohunu Koala Park
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Cohunu Koala Park ©
Cohunu Koala Park

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