28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nelson Bay
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Armidale
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Roma
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Springsure
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
4
Hughenden
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Atherton
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Innisfail
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Bowen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Finch Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
15
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
16
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
17
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
18
Toowoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
19
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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 find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Armidale tour itinerary maker tool .

Nelson Bay to Armidale is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Roma.

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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to The Big Rig, make a trip to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, and then get to know the fascinating history of Roma War Memorial Heroes Avenue.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Roma trip tool .

Traveling by car from Armidale to Roma takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time 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), see the interesting displays at Old Rainworth Fort and then stop by House of Magnolias.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Springsure tour planner.

Traveling by car from Roma to Springsure takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. 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. On the 3rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum and then see the interesting displays at Flinders Discovery Centre.

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Getting from Springsure to Hughenden by car takes about 8 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hughenden can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to 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. Step out of the city life by going to Mission Beach and Ellinjaa Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Village Herberton and Artistree Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to The Pocket (in El Arish) and Millstream Falls National Park (in Ravenshoe). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Mt. Hypipamee National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, admire the sheer force of Malanda Falls, identify plant and animal life at The Peterson Creek Walking Track, and head outdoors with Platypus Viewing Platform.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Atherton trip builder .

Drive from Hughenden to Atherton in 8.5 hours. When traveling from Hughenden in April, plan for little chillier days in Atherton, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish up 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, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, Mission Beach, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Ellinjaa Falls ©
Ellinjaa Falls

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Thornton Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. Step out of Cape Tribulation to go to Daintree and see Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cape Tribulation using our trip planner.

Drive from Atherton to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. In April in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip app .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery ©
Studio 49 Artisan Gallery
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.
Shop till you drop at Cairns Art Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Crystal Cascades. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, and explore and take pictures at Red Arrow Walk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns route planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Innisfail.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Crystal Cascades
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Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

1
night
Innisfail

Innisfail
Innisfail a town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region in Far North Queensland, Australia. To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Innisfail trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Innisfail takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Innisfail are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Innisfail

Historic Sites
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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.
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.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Innisfail to Mission Beach takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Grays Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bowen trip itinerary builder tool .

You can 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 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hydeaway Bay Beach
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay

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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.
For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach vacation builder site .

You can drive from Bowen to Airlie Beach in an hour. Traveling from Bowen in April, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Finch Hatton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Museums Shopping
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Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

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Finch Hatton

Finch Hatton ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Finch Hatton Gorge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Broken River.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Finch Hatton online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Finch Hatton by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Finch Hatton

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Eungella
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Finch Hatton Gorge ©
Finch Hatton Gorge

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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. For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Mackay day trip site .

Drive from Finch Hatton to Mackay in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Mackay can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mackay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Yeppoon Main Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Archer Park Rail Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Rod Laver, and finally meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rockhampton day trip site .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Rockhampton takes 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Rockhampton can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Yeppoon Main Beach
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Archer Park Rail Museum ©
Archer Park Rail Museum
Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg travel planner .

You can take a train from Rockhampton to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Bundaberg

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

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Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rainbow Beach trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Bundaberg to Rainbow Beach takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Toowoomba on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Toowoomba

Toowoomba ©
Toowoomba is a city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. On the 26th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church, do a tasting at Preston Peak Winery Function Centre, and then get engrossed in the history at Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Spring Bluff and then get engrossed in the history at Highfields Pioneer Village.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Toowoomba trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Toowoomba in 4.5 hours. April in Toowoomba sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Toowoomba

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highfields, Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Preston Peak Winery Function Centre
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Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre ©
Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
Spring Bluff ©
Spring Bluff
Preston Peak Winery Function Centre ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): putt your heart out at Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf and then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Macquarie trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Toowoomba to Port Macquarie in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Toowoomba in April, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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