16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, get outside with Jetryder, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island, and tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hamilton Island trip simple and quick.

Perth to Hamilton Island is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Hamilton Island. While traveling from Perth, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hamilton Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Townsville.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Tropical Queensland and Army Museum North Queensland. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Billabong Sanctuary will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: stroll through The Strand, take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral, and trek along Castle Hill.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Townsville trip planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Townsville by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Townsville when traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Townsville

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

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 3rd (Thu), learn about all things military at C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rockhampton online trip builder .

Fly from Townsville to Rockhampton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Townsville in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Rockhampton, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Childrens Museums
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FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Rockhampton to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in October, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and stroll through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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