24 days in Australia Itinerary

24 days in Australia Itinerary

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24 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toulouse
Fly + shuttle:  31​h
1
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Toulouse

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agincourt Reef and Mowbray National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Cairns (Balloon Rides & Muddy's Playground) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker website .

Toulouse, France to Port Douglas is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. When traveling from Toulouse in July, plan for slightly colder days in Port Douglas, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cairns, Kuranda, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
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Shark Diving
Gallo DairyLand ©
Gallo DairyLand
Jaques Coffee Plantation ©
Jaques Coffee Plantation

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and The Strand. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bowling Green Bay National Park and Gondwana Rainforest. Step out of Townsville to go to Paluma and see Paluma State Forest, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of Townsville, shop like a local with Pinnacles Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Townsville trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Townsville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Queensland, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Paluma State Forest
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek
Army Museum North Queensland ©
Army Museum North Queensland

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Palmerston National Park and Gooseponds. Explore hidden gems such as Smalleys Beach and Lamberts Lookout. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, stroll through Harbour Beach, view the masterpieces at Fredericks Showcase Space, and see the interesting displays at Melba House.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackay road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Mackay. In August, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Palmerston National Park, Smalleys Beach, Melba House
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Cape Palmerston National Park ©
Cape Palmerston National Park
Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Melba House ©
Melba House

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Kirra Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang), Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park, take in the views from Story Bridge, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackay to Brisbane. Traveling from Mackay in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Brisbane, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Maleny, Natural Bridge, Burleigh Head National Park, Kirra Beach, Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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