26 days in Australia Itinerary

26 days in Australia Itinerary

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26 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nelson Bay
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Armidale
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Roma
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Springsure
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
4
Hughenden
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Atherton
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Babinda
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Innisfail
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Mission Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 15​min
12
Bowen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Finch Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Biloela
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
17
Bundaberg
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
18
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
19
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Nelson Bay

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Armidale

Armidale
Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Armidale online holiday planner .

Nelson Bay to Armidale is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You will leave for Roma on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Armidale

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Roma

Roma ©
Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to The Big Rig, don't miss a visit to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Roma War Memorial Heroes Avenue.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Roma trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Armidale to Roma takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Springsure.

Things to do in Roma

Historic Sites
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The Big Rig ©
The Big Rig

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Springsure

Springsure ©
Springsure is a town and a locality in the Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Tue), examine the collection at Old Rainworth Fort and then look for gifts at House of Magnolias.

Plan a Springsure trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Roma to Springsure in 4 hours. April in Springsure sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hughenden.

Things to do in Springsure

Museums Shopping
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House of Magnolias ©
House of Magnolias

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Hughenden

Hughenden ©
Hughenden is a town and locality in the Shire of Flinders, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum and then examine the collection at Flinders Discovery Centre.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hughenden trip planner .

You can drive from Springsure to Hughenden in 8 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Hughenden

Museums

Side Trip

Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum
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Flinders Discovery Centre ©
Flinders Discovery Centre

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Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mission Beach and The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Millstream Falls National Park and The Peterson Creek Walking Track. Venture out of the city with trips to The Pocket (in El Arish) and Ellinjaa Falls (in Millaa Millaa). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton, view the masterpieces at Artistree Gallery, get outside with Platypus Viewing Platform, and identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tableland.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Atherton trip site .

Getting from Springsure to Atherton by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Atherton when traveling from Springsure in April, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Atherton

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Malanda, Ellinjaa Falls, Mission Beach, Millstream Falls National Park
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Millstream Falls National Park ©
Millstream Falls National Park

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip builder app .

You can drive from Atherton to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory ©
Floravilla Ice Cream Factory

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), look for gifts at With Sugar, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery

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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.
Cairns Art Gallery and St Monica's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Rusty's Market. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Peter Jarver Gallery (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns tour planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Cascades, Red Arrow Walk
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cairns Art Gallery ©
Cairns Art Gallery

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Babinda

Babinda ©
Babinda is a small town and locality in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. You've now added Babinda Boulders to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Wooroonooran National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Babinda Boulders. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tully Gorge National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Babinda tour site .

Getting from Cairns to Babinda by car takes about an hour. In April in Babinda, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Babinda

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wooroonooran National Park, Tully Gorge National Park
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Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Wooroonooran National Park ©
Wooroonooran National Park
Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park

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Innisfail

Innisfail
Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. Etty Bay has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Etty Bay. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Innisfail trip itinerary builder .

Innisfail is just a stone's throw from Babinda. In April, daytime highs in Innisfail are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Innisfail

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at The Pocket, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach vacation tool .

You can drive from Innisfail to Mission Beach in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Pocket
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
The Pocket ©
The Pocket
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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Bowen

Bowen
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bowen sightseeing planner.

Drive from Mission Beach to Bowen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Bowen are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Airlie Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bowen to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bowen in April since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Finch Hatton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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Finch Hatton

Finch Hatton
Make your Finch Hatton itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Finch Hatton by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Finch Hatton are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Finch Hatton

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rockhampton trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Finch Hatton to Rockhampton. In April, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Biloela.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Rockhampton Art Gallery ©
Rockhampton Art Gallery

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Biloela

Biloela ©
Biloela is a rural town and locality in Shire of Banana, Central Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Queensland Heritage Park, admire the engineering at Kroombit Dam, then explore and take pictures at Kroombit Park, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Callide Dam.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Biloela route builder site .

Getting from Rockhampton to Biloela by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Biloela are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Biloela

Parks Museums
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Kroombit Dam ©
Kroombit Dam
Queensland Heritage Park ©
Queensland Heritage Park

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the galleries of Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg trip itinerary site .

Drive from Biloela to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery ©
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

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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 23rd (Tue), kick back and relax at Dicky Beach and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

Fly from Bundaberg to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Old Bottlebutt, then tee off at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie road trip app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Bottlebutt
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church

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