20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Port Macquarie
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Byron Bay
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Coolum Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Agnes Water
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
11
Mackay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
13
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tomaree Head, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then make a trip to Gan Gan Lookout.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nelson Bay trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Sydney to Nelson Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Tomaree Head
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gan Gan Lookout ©
Gan Gan Lookout

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, hike along Coastal walk, and then make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Macquarie trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Nelson Bay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour journey planning tool .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Port Macquarie in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Coffs Harbour, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. You will leave for Byron Bay on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Byron Bay route planner.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Spas

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 7th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast in an hour. Another option is to drive. April in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
SkyPoint Observation Deck ©
SkyPoint Observation Deck

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands.

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Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Coolum Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach ©
Coolum Beach is a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and is also the beach around which the town is based.HistoryThe name is derived from the local Undumbi word gulum or guloom, meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak.According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island.The Coolum district was the traditional land of the Inabara or Yinneburra clan of the Undanbi Tribe. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll around Mount Coolum, then admire all the interesting features of The Big Pineapple, and then admire the sheer force of Kondalilla Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Coolum Beach trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Coolum Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Coolum Beach

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kondalilla Falls, Sunshine Castle, The Big Pineapple
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Kondalilla Falls ©
Kondalilla Falls
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Poona Lake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rainbow Beach trip builder site .

You can drive from Coolum Beach to Rainbow Beach in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

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Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Paperbark Forest Walk, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lady Musgrave Island, and then pause for some photo ops at Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Agnes Water tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rainbow Beach to Agnes Water in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn, Lady Musgrave Island
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Lady Musgrave Island ©
Lady Musgrave Island
Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn ©

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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 13th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, then cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, and then stroll through Bluewater Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mackay journey app .

Traveling by car from Agnes Water to Mackay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip planning app .

Drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
On the 15th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland and then stroll through The Strand.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Beaches
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Cairns Cenotaph ©
Cairns Cenotaph

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