19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
car:  4​h 30​min
8
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
End: Cairns

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Bee Gees Way, stroll through Shorncliffe Beach, then get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Brisbane. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Bee Gees Way
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Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
Bee Gees Way ©
Bee Gees Way
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 15th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Noosa Botanic Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Weyba, and finally take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Noosa Botanic Gardens
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Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park
Noosa Botanic Gardens ©
Noosa Botanic Gardens
Lake Weyba ©
Lake Weyba

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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay ©
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Burrum Heads Beach, pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, and then let little ones run wild at Queens Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Hervey Bay Go Kart Track, then let little ones run wild at Point Dayman Park, then tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort, and finally admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip planner .

Getting from Noosa to Hervey Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
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Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Queens Park ©
Queens Park

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 18th (Sun), ponder the design of Keppel Kraken, stroll through Yeppoon Main Beach, and then go for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track. On the next day, get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon, get great views at Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Singing Ship, and finally stroll through Anzac Plaza Emu Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip builder app .

You can take a train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Emu Park, Eubenangee Swamp National Park
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Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Eubenangee Swamp National Park ©
Eubenangee Swamp National Park
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon

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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 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Smalleys Beach, explore the activities along Pioneer River, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout and then kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mackay road trip planner.

Drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In August in Mackay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Smalleys Beach
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Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grays Bay and Bowen Water Park Playground. Get outdoors at Conway National Park and Whitsunday Islands. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Bowen and see Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitsunday Great Walk, take in the waterfront activity at Abell Point Marina, view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and stop by Into The Blue Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Mackay in August, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowen, Whitsunday Islands
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Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Conway National Park ©
Conway National Park

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Whitsunday Islands National Park. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in August, Whitsunday Island is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Townsville.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): Head underground at Copperfield Gorge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Whitsunday Island to Townsville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Copperfield Gorge
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and then kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Birdworld Kuranda
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Shark Diving
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Skydiving

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