17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
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Sydney
— Few hours
Drive:  10​h 30​min
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Maryborough
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
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Mackay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
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Charters Towers
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Emerald
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Roma
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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St George
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Lightning Ridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Sydney

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Sydney

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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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.
To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), you're off toMaryborough.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens as well as Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Maryborough City Hall.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Maryborough trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maryborough in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum ©
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens ©
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
Maryborough City Hall ©
Maryborough City Hall

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn the secrets of production at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bundaberg travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Maryborough to Bundaberg in 1.5 hours. In July in Bundaberg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Tours
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Bundaberg Brewed Drinks ©
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes FLOW Visitors Centre, Capricorn Caves and Rockhampton Heritage Village. On the 19th (Fri), have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre and then get into the urban bustle at Dreamtime Cultural Centre. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves and then get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton trip planning app .

Take a train from Bundaberg to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

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

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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. For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackay trip planning app .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. July in Mackay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), you're off toAirlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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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.
Reefstar Cruises has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors
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Reefstar Cruises ©
Reefstar Cruises

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Cairns

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rusty's Market, Sweet Farm Tours, Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as St Monica's Cathedral and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Rusty's Market ©
Rusty's Market

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Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris. On the 21st (Sun), get a taste of life in the country at Leahton Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charters Towers online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Charters Towers with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Texas Longhorn Tours ©
Texas Longhorn Tours
Leahton Park ©
Leahton Park

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Emerald

Emerald
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Emerald trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Charters Towers to Emerald in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Emerald, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Roma.

Things to do in Emerald

Shopping Parks Tours
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Roma

Roma ©
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Big Rig and then don't miss a visit to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Roma trip builder app .

Getting from Emerald to Roma by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to St George.
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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The Big Rig ©
The Big Rig

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St George

St George
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of The Unique Egg.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our St George trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Roma to St George in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in St George

Museums Shopping
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Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. On the 29th (Mon), look for gifts at Lost Sea Opals, then step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd. On the next day, make a trip to Cooper's Cottage, get engrossed in the history at Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bevans Cactus Nursery, then take in the exciting artwork at John Murray Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kangaroo Hill Complex.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lightning Ridge trip maker .

Traveling by car from St George to Lightning Ridge takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Amigos Castle ©
Amigos Castle
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Australian Opal Centre ©
Australian Opal Centre

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