19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Head National Park and Kings Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba), Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast (in Surfers Paradise). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, take in the views from Story Bridge, and head outdoors with Pelican Feeding.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. In October, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 18th (Thu), let little ones run wild at Point Dayman Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. October in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Dayman Park
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): ponder the design of Keppel Kraken.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rockhampton travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Fraser Island to Rockhampton by combination of car, ferry, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. October in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space, enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, then kick back and relax at Harbour Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lamberts Lookout. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gooseponds.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mackay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Harbour Beach ©
Harbour Beach
Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Boathaven Beach and Whitsunday Bullet. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands, hike along Whitsunday Great Walk, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Boathaven Beach ©
Boathaven Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery, view the masterpieces at Mission Arts, and then stroll through Mission Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mission Beach online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Townsville to Mission Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Murdering Point Winery
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

2
nights
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 (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 31st (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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