21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Caloundra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h
5
Bundaberg
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Moreton Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Darwin
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
10
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Mackay
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newcastle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment and then explore the activities along The Brisbane River. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary planning tool .

Newcastle to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Kings Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then play a few rounds at Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Caloundra holiday maker .

You can drive from Brisbane to Caloundra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Caloundra are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Tanawha Valley Golf & Tennis
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, stroll through Peregian Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Noosa online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Caloundra to Noosa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Tewantin National Park ©
Tewantin National Park

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 13th (Sat), take a tour by water with Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort ©

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Sun), take in the waterfront activity at Bundaberg Port Marina, get great views at Hummock Lookout, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then meet the residents at Bundaberg Zoo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Bundaberg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Zoos & Aquariums
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Bundaberg Port Marina ©
Bundaberg Port Marina
Alexandra Park Zoo ©
Alexandra Park Zoo
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Etna Caves National Park.

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

Take a train from Bundaberg to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Moreton Island.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Nature Museums
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Mount Etna Caves National Park ©
Mount Etna Caves National Park
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum

1
night
Moreton Island

Moreton Island ©
Off Queensland's southeastern coast, Moreton Island offers steep dunes and beaches.
On the 16th (Tue), make a trip to Tangalooma Wrecks, then step off the mainland to explore Moreton Island, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Moreton Island online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rockhampton to Moreton Island. When traveling from Rockhampton in April, plan for little chillier days in Moreton Island, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Moreton Island

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Moreton Island ©
Moreton Island
Cape Moreton Lighthouse ©
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
Tangalooma Wrecks ©
Tangalooma Wrecks

1
day
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, then identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Moreton Island to Darwin. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Moreton Island in April; daily highs in Darwin reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Darwin Wharf Precinct ©
Darwin Wharf Precinct

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong and then identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) day trip planner.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Anbangbang Billabong
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Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Myall Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree Entomological museum in Cape Tribulation--about 52 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Wonga Beach and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Wonga Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then stroll through The Strand, and then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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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. On the 27th (Sat), stroll through Harbour Beach, then kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mackay itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Mackay. When traveling from Townsville in April, plan for little chillier days in Mackay, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

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

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