21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Marlborough
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Dublin


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3
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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris).

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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 (Thu): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then stroll through Mission Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mission Beach road trip planning website .

Drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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): identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
St James Cathedral ©
St James Cathedral

2
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.
On the 27th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Townsville in July, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marlborough.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Marlborough

Marlborough ©
Marlborough is a small town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Marlborough Historical Museum.

You can plan Marlborough trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Marlborough in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Marlborough, with lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Gladstone on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Marlborough

Museums
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Marlborough Historical Museum ©
Marlborough Historical Museum

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gladstone trip planner.

Drive from Marlborough to Gladstone in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Gladstone when traveling from Marlborough in July, with lows around 17°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos Turtle Express, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alexandra Park, then meet the residents at Alexandra Park Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg road trip planning app .

You can drive from Gladstone to Bundaberg in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gladstone in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bundaberg, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 1st (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to The Pier, and then stop by Mind, Body and Soul.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hervey Bay trip planning website .

Getting from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay by combination of train and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Hervey Bay are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Pier ©
The Pier

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Noosa trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Hervey Bay to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

1
night
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 4th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, hike along Cape Byron Walking Track, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Byron Bay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Byron Bay in August, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
night
Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nelson Bay fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Nelson Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Nelson Bay: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. You will leave for Sydney on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nelson Bay to Sydney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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