26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
2
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Rockhampton
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Byfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Finch Hatton
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planning tool .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dorrigo National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Coffs Harbour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Coffs Harbour by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Dorrigo
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Beach ©
Coffs Harbour Beach

4
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Blues on Broadbeach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip builder .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
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Bundaberg

Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, Cool Dingo Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching, and other attractions you added. On the 11th (Sun), watch a film at Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, see majestic marine mammals with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, then see the top attractions with Cool Dingo Tours, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bundaberg Zoo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg trip builder site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Bundaberg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hervey Bay, Cool Dingo Tours
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours ©
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours
Cool Dingo Tours ©
Cool Dingo Tours

4
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Archer as well as Koorana Crocodile Farm. Escape the urban bustle at Capricorn Caves and Farnborough Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rockhampton side-trips: Singing Ship (in Emu Park) and Yeppoon (Spring Head Lookout, Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, & more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Etna Caves National Park, get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rockhampton online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Bundaberg to Rockhampton in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Singing Ship
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Mount Etna Caves National Park ©
Mount Etna Caves National Park
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship

3
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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin Heads as well as Gooseponds. Step out of the city life by going to Bucasia Beach and Broken River. Change things up with a short trip to Eungella National Park in Eungella (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Bluewater Trail, view the masterpieces at Artspace Mackay, and take an in-depth tour of Greenmount Homestead.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackay trip maker site .

You can drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In November in Mackay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Eungella
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Eungella National Park ©
Eungella National Park
Greenmount Homestead ©
Greenmount Homestead
Artspace Mackay ©
Artspace Mackay

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jezzine Barracks, Castle Hill and Little Crystal Creek. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): go for a walk through Castle Hill, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral, then step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Townsville trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Townsville. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

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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.
Get some cultural insight at St Monica's Cathedral and Bones and Jones. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas).

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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nights
Byfield

Byfield ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Byfield National Park. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Byfield National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Byfield day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Byfield. In November in Byfield, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Byfield

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Stony Creek ©
Stony Creek
Byfield National Park ©
Byfield National Park

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Finch Hatton

Finch Hatton ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Finch Hatton Gorge. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Finch Hatton Gorge and then experience rural life at Ballantyne's Strawberry Farm.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Finch Hatton trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Byfield to Finch Hatton in 5.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Finch Hatton

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ballantyne's Strawberry Farm
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge
Forest Flying ©
Forest Flying

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