17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Daly Waters
— 1 day
Drive:  13​h 15​min
2
Hughenden
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Ingham
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Bowen
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Bundaberg
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Ipswich
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
Daly Waters

Daly Waters ©
Daly Waters is a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin at the intersection of the Savannah Way and the Stuart Highway.The area's traditional owners, the Jingili people, believe the Dreaming tracks of the Emu and the Sun travelled through here on their way to the southern parts of the Northern Territory.HistoryThe name Daly Waters was given to a series of natural springs by John McDouall Stuart during his third attempt to cross Australia from south to north, in 1861-2. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Daly Waters Aviation Complex.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Daly Waters trip planner .

Sydney to Daly Waters is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hughenden.

Things to do in Daly Waters

Historic Sites
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Daly Waters Aviation Complex ©
Daly Waters Aviation Complex

1
day
Hughenden

Hughenden ©
Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Porcupine Gorge National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hughenden day trip tool .

You can drive from Daly Waters to Hughenden in 18 hours. In December in Hughenden, expect temperatures between 42°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ingham.

Things to do in Hughenden

Nature Parks
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Porcupine Gorge National Park ©
Porcupine Gorge National Park

1
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Ingham

Ingham ©
Ingham is a town and locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland, Australia. On the 21st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Jourama Falls and then immerse yourself in nature at Paluma State Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Mercer Lane Mosaic, identify plant and animal life at TYTO Wetlands, and then admire the sheer force of Wallaman Falls.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ingham trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Hughenden to Ingham by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Hughenden in December, expect nights in Ingham to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Ingham

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Paluma State Forest
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Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls
Jourama Falls ©
Jourama Falls
Paluma State Forest ©
Paluma State Forest

1
night
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock, kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, then kick back and relax at Grays Bay, and finally make a trip to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Bowen Historical Society and Museum, then pause for some photo ops at The Big Mango, and then kick back and relax at Hydeaway Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bowen trip builder site .

Getting from Ingham to Bowen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ingham in December since evenings lows in Bowen dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bowen

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hydeaway Bay Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Bring the kids along to Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Koorana Crocodile Farm (in Coowonga) and Yeppoon (Keppel Kraken, Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Archer, view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and have fun and explore at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rockhampton driving holiday website .

You can drive from Bowen to Rockhampton in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Koorana Crocodile Farm
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Family-friendly places like WetSide Water Park and Alexandra Park Zoo will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Bundaberg: Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim (in Urangan) and Hervey Bay (Esplanade & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos, stroll around Alexandra Park, see the interesting displays at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Rockhampton to Bundaberg by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you will find days in Bundaberg are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hervey Bay
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Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos
 WetSide Water Park ©
WetSide Water Park
Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo

3
nights
Ipswich

Ipswich ©
Ipswich is an urban region in south-east Queensland, Australia, which is located in the south-west of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Attractions like Queens Park and Robelle Domain make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Ipswich to Kingston to see Kingston Park Raceway about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Workshops Rail Museum, explore the striking landscape at White Rock-Spring Mtn Conservation Estate, take in nature's colorful creations at Nerima Gardens, and let little ones run wild at River Heart Parklands.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ipswich road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Bundaberg to Ipswich with the Route module. December in Ipswich sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Kingston Park Raceway
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Queens Park ©
Queens Park
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum
Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain

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