18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kingscliff
1
Kingscliff
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Yeppoon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ayr
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Seventeen Seventy
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Ipswich
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at You and Bamboo and then experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kingscliff trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kingscliff. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Kingscliff

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

You and Bamboo
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Tropical Fruit World ©
Tropical Fruit World

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night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, stroll around Turtle Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bundaberg travel route planning app .

Explore your travel options from Kingscliff to Bundaberg with the Route module. September in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Turtle Park
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Yeppoon Main Beach, and then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yeppoon online attractions planner .

Getting from Bundaberg to Yeppoon by car takes about 4 hours. In September in Yeppoon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Koorana Crocodile Farm
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach tour planner.

Getting from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yeppoon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then stroll through Castle Hill.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Townsville road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Townsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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: Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ayr.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Four Mile Beach
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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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): admire the masterpieces at Zaro Cultural Gallery, examine the collection at Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ayr Nature Display.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ayr trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Ayr with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Ayr are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Home Hill
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Ayr Nature Display ©
Ayr Nature Display

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, then cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, and then make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mackay online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Ayr to Mackay takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seventeen Seventy.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

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night
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 12th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn and then head off the coast to Lady Musgrave Island.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seventeen Seventy road trip tool .

Drive from Mackay to Seventeen Seventy in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Seventeen Seventy can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Seventeen Seventy

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lady Musgrave Island
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations, enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, and then cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let little ones run wild at Buderim Lions Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mooloolaba journey planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seventeen Seventy to Mooloolaba. Traveling from Seventeen Seventy in October, expect Mooloolaba to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Ipswich.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Buderim Lions Park
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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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. To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ipswich holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Ipswich takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mooloolaba in October, you will find days in Ipswich are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ipswich

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Robelle Domain ©
Robelle Domain
Queens Park
Queens Park

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