23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newcastle
Drive:  29​h
1
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
End: Newcastle


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1
night
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 26th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, then kick back and relax at Finch Bay, and finally trek along Keating's Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooktown holiday maker .

Newcastle to Cooktown is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
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Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Visiting Four Mile Beach and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Spend the 29th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Trinity Beach and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Townsville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
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Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach holiday maker website .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 6th (Wed), cool off at Bluewater Lagoon and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mackay trip planner .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kershaw Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rockhampton itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Kershaw Gardens ©
Kershaw Gardens

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bundaberg Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bundaberg trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Rockhampton to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rockhampton in November, expect nights in Bundaberg to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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 9th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Esplanade and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hervey Bay itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mount Coolum, take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout, then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, and finally get great views at Laguna Lookout.

Find out how to plan Noosa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Hervey Bay to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caloundra.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Coolum Beach
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

1
night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Caloundra trip planner .

Drive from Noosa to Caloundra in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Caloundra

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 13th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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