20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Maryborough
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Mackay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Charters Towers
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Emerald
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Roma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
St George
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Lightning Ridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Sydney

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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.
To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane vacation planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Maryborough on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Your list of things to see and do now includes Mary Poppins Statue, Duncan Chapman Statue, Maryborough Heritage Markets, and other attractions. On the 18th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, browse the fresh offerings at Maryborough Heritage Markets, then appreciate the history behind Duncan Chapman Statue, then learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Maryborough sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maryborough in 3.5 hours. July in Maryborough sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens ©
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
Mary Poppins Statue ©
Mary Poppins Statue

1
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Bundaberg

Bundaberg
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pick up some local products at Alloway Farm Market.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bundaberg trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Maryborough to Bundaberg in 1.5 hours. July in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Shopping
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nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Farnborough Beach, engage your brain at FLOW Visitors Centre, then view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and finally cool off at 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rockhampton trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Bundaberg to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Farnborough Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Heritage Village ©
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

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hours
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 (Sun): browse the different shops at Caneland Central Shopping Centre and then take in the exciting artwork at Artspace Mackay.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mackay trip planner .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In July in Mackay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Shopping Museums
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Caneland Central Shopping Centre ©
Caneland Central Shopping Centre
Artspace Mackay ©
Artspace Mackay

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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.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rusty's Market. Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Humpy Nut World (in Atherton), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Sunday Market Port Douglas, Safaris, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Airlie Beach in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton, Humpy Nut World
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Buckland's Hill, get a taste of life in the country at Leahton Park, then steep yourself in history at Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre, then make a trip to Stock Exchange Arcade, and finally see the interesting displays at The Miner's Cottage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery, see the interesting displays at Assay Room and Mining Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Zara Clark Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Charters Towers trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Charters Towers. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stock Exchange Arcade ©
Stock Exchange Arcade
Zara Clark Museum ©
Zara Clark Museum
Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery ©
Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery

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night
Emerald

Emerald
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Emerald trip planner .

Traveling by car from Charters Towers to Emerald takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. July in Emerald sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toRoma.

Things to do in Emerald

Shopping Parks Tours
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Roma

Roma ©
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church Roma, appreciate the extensive heritage of Roma War Memorial Heroes Avenue, then don't miss a visit to The Big Rig, then don't miss a visit to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, and finally stop by Calico Cottage Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): learn about winemaking at Romavilla Winery.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Roma online holiday planner .

You can drive from Emerald to Roma in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St George.

Things to do in Roma

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Calico Cottage Crafts
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Romavilla Winery ©
Romavilla Winery
St Paul's Anglican Church Roma ©
St Paul's Anglican Church Roma
The Big Rig ©
The Big Rig

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night
St George

St George ©
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St George attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Roma to St George takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in St George

Wineries Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Riversands Winery ©
Riversands Winery

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nights
Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Amigos Castle, steep yourself in history at Lightning Ridge, then view the masterpieces at Chambers of The Black Hand, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Australian Opal Centre. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Artesian Baths, view the masterpieces at John Murray Art Gallery, then make a trip to Stanley the Emu, and finally play a few rounds at Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lightning Ridge travel planning site .

Traveling by car from St George to Lightning Ridge takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lightning Ridge ©
Lightning Ridge
John Murray Art Gallery ©
John Murray Art Gallery
Chambers of The Black Hand ©
Chambers of The Black Hand

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