21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Rockhampton
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Millaa Millaa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Lake Eacham
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Mareeba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
13
Bribie Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Fraser Island
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Agnes Water
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
16
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
17
Brisbane
— Few hours
End: Brisbane

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island trip planner.

Cairns to Whitsunday Island is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Abell Point Marina, take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Airlie Beach when traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Abell Point Marina ©
Abell Point Marina
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

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Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Smalleys Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Hillsborough trip planning site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cape Hillsborough by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Hillsborough can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and then learn more about the world around you at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Hillsborough to Rockhampton. In December in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
FLOW Visitors Centre ©
FLOW Visitors Centre
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and then admire all the interesting features of 1300SMILES Stadium.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Townsville holiday maker website .

You can fly from Rockhampton to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rockhampton in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Townsville, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
1300SMILES Stadium ©
1300SMILES Stadium

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): savor the flavors at Mission Beach Tropical Fruit Safari, then take in the exciting artwork at Mission Arts, then learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, and finally stop by The Pocket.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach road trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Millaa Millaa.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Shopping Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Pocket, Murdering Point Winery
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
The Pocket ©
The Pocket
Murdering Point Winery ©
Murdering Point Winery

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Millaa Millaa

Millaa Millaa ©
Millaa Millaa is a small town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 26th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Rainforest Heart, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wooroonooran National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Zillie Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Millaa Millaa Lookout.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Millaa Millaa trip planning app .

Getting from Mission Beach to Millaa Millaa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lake Eacham.

Things to do in Millaa Millaa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wooroonooran National Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Zillie Falls ©
Zillie Falls
Wooroonooran National Park ©
Wooroonooran National Park
Millaa Millaa Lookout ©
Millaa Millaa Lookout

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Lake Eacham

Lake Eacham ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Artistree Gallery, then relax in the rural setting at Shaylee Strawberries, then stroll through Hallorans Hill Regional Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Hou Wang Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lake Eacham road trip site .

Lake Eacham is just a short distance from Millaa Millaa. In December in Lake Eacham, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Mareeba.

Things to do in Lake Eacham

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Atherton, Artistree Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hallorans Hill Regional Park ©
Hallorans Hill Regional Park
Shaylee Strawberries ©
Shaylee Strawberries
Artistree Gallery ©
Artistree Gallery

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Mareeba

Mareeba ©
Mareeba is a town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Mareeba and then admire the sheer force of Emerald Creek Falls.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mareeba holiday planner .

Drive from Lake Eacham to Mareeba in an hour. December in Mareeba sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Mareeba

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Creek Falls ©
Emerald Creek Falls
Mareeba ©
Mareeba

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Mareeba to Cairns in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Adventure Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by With Sugar and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas day trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
With Sugar ©
With Sugar
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cow Bay Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In December in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Bribie Island on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cow Bay Beach ©
Cow Bay Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

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Bribie Island

Bribie Island
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Eric the Emu and then kick back and relax at Banksia Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bribie Island tour itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Bribie Island. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, things will get a bit cooler in Bribie Island: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake Birrabeen.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Bribie Island to Fraser Island with the Route module. January in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Agnes Water.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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Agnes Water

Agnes Water ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Paperbark Forest Walk, pause for some photo ops at Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn, then sample the fine beverages at 1770 Distillery, then take an in-depth tour of Agnes Water Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kent Barton Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Agnes Water road trip planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Agnes Water by car takes about 6 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Agnes Water can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Agnes Water

Museums Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Agnes Water Museum ©
Agnes Water Museum
Lieutenant James Cook Monument Cairn ©
Kent Barton Art Gallery ©
Kent Barton Art Gallery

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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 8th (Tue): have fun at Point Dayman Park, then don't miss a visit to Australiana Cottage Crafts, and then kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay visit planner .

You can drive from Agnes Water to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. January in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach
Australiana Cottage Crafts ©
Australiana Cottage Crafts

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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.
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane route tool .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Brisbane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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