26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ballarat
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Echuca
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
9
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
End: Ballarat


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1
night
Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. On the 4th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Echuca online trip builder .

Ballarat to Echuca is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson Bay.

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Port of Echuca Discovery Centre ©
Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

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. To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay road trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Echuca to Nelson Bay takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you're off toCoffs Harbour.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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3
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Get outdoors at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway and Sealy Lookout. Get some cultural insight at Trial Bay Gaol and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. When in Coffs Harbour, make a side trip to see Ebor Falls in Ebor, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Korora Lookout, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, play a few rounds at Bonville Golf Resort, and learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, Trial Bay Gaol, Two Tails Wines, Ebor Falls
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Trial Bay Gaol ©
Trial Bay Gaol
Ebor Falls ©
Ebor Falls
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hastings Point Headland and Fingal Head Lighthouse. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cape Byron Walking Track will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, kick back and relax at Tallow Beach, and explore and take pictures at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip app .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Hastings Point Headland, Pat Morton Lookout, Broken Head Nature Reserve
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Fingal Head Lighthouse ©
Fingal Head Lighthouse
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pat Morton Lookout ©
Pat Morton Lookout

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 12th (Mon), stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to K'gari and then enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island road trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Byron Bay to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Byron Bay in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Fraser Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burrum Heads Beach and Woodgate Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Esplanade, browse the exhibits of Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall, and look for gifts at Harbour Gift Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay in 3.5 hours. In August in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Woodgate Beach, Maryborough City Hall
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Woodgate Beach ©
Woodgate Beach
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): trot along with Alkoomi Adventure Farm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Rockhampton sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Alkoomi Adventure Farm ©
Alkoomi Adventure Farm

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitsunday Great Walk and Horseshoe Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hillsborough National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rockhampton in August: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Horseshoe Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), trek along Alligator Falls Track, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then learn about all things military at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Townsville journey planner.

Take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Alligator Falls Track, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
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The Strand ©
The Strand

5
nights
Cairns

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Village Herberton and McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Opal Reef and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and get answers to all your questions at Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Kuranda, Herberton, Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre, Red Arrow Walk
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Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
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