32 days in Australia Itinerary

32 days in Australia Itinerary

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32 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Coffs Harbour
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Marcoola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Yeppoon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Yeppoon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Marcoola
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Coffs Harbour

2
nights
Marcoola

Marcoola ©
On the 13th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then stroll through Marcoola Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marcoola online trip itinerary planner .

Coffs Harbour to Marcoola is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Marcoola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Castle
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Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Sunshine Castle ©
Sunshine Castle

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nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse the exhibits of Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, and then make a trip to The Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hervey Bay online journey builder .

You can drive from Marcoola to Hervey Bay in 2.5 hours. July in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Bundaberg
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
The Pier ©
The Pier

2
nights
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
Yeppoon is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Central Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koorana Crocodile Farm, make a trip to Singing Ship, then stroll around Anzac Plaza Emu Park, and finally go for a walk through Bluff Point Walking Track.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yeppoon trip maker tool .

You can drive from Hervey Bay to Yeppoon in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Emu Park, Koorana Crocodile Farm
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Koorana Crocodile Farm ©
Koorana Crocodile Farm
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour planner.

Getting from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Yeppoon in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Townsville sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect nights in Townsville to be slightly colder, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Paronella Park (in Mena Creek). Spend the 22nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Paronella Park, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, Daintree National Park, & more), Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). Spend the 30th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 1st (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planning website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Daintree, Bloomfield Waterfall, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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night
Townsville

Townsville ©
On the 7th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Queens Gardens Townsville and then take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks
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Townsville Palmetum ©
Townsville Palmetum
Queens Gardens Townsville ©
Queens Gardens Townsville

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in August, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yeppoon.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:
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Speed Boats Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

1
night
Yeppoon

Yeppoon ©
On the 10th (Sat), make a trip to Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, then head outdoors with Yeppoon Lagoon, and then admire the local landmark of Keppel Kraken.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yeppoon trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Yeppoon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yeppoon: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Marcoola.

Things to do in Yeppoon

Outdoors
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Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout ©
Wreck Point Scenic Lookout

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nights
Marcoola

Marcoola ©
On the 11th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ninderry, get in on the family fun at The Ginger Factory, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Ngungun.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marcoola trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yeppoon to Marcoola. When traveling from Yeppoon in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Marcoola, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marcoola

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yandina, Kenilworth Dairies, Mount Ngungun
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:
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Mount Ngungun ©
Mount Ngungun
The Ginger Factory ©
The Ginger Factory
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

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