36 days in Australia Itinerary

36 days in Australia Itinerary

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36 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
8
Townsville
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online travel planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Brisbane is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Brisbane is 9 hours. In July, Brisbane is little chillier than Zurich - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Noosa River, then stroll through Noosa Main Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa River ©
Noosa River

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to The Pier, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Le Petit Chocolatier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Maryborough.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Maryborough

Maryborough ©
Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll around Queens Park, learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon, get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, then see the interesting displays at Bond Store Museum, then appreciate the history behind Mary Poppins Statue, and finally enjoy some diversion at Wook-Koo Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maryborough travel route planning tool .

Maryborough is just a stone's throw from Hervey Bay. In July, daytime highs in Maryborough are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Maryborough

Parks Fun & Games Nature
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Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon ©
Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon
Queens Park ©
Queens Park

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, then explore the galleries of Rockhampton Art Gallery, and finally get to know the resident critters at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Koorana Crocodile Farm, admire the local landmark of Keppel Kraken, then don't miss a visit to Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, and finally make a trip to Singing Ship.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rockhampton route builder site .

You can drive from Maryborough to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Singing Ship
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Keppel Kraken ©
Keppel Kraken
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Cape Hillsborough National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluewater Trail, then make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, and then take some stellar pictures from Slade Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mackay online visit planner .

Drive from Rockhampton to Mackay in 4 hours. In July in Mackay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cape Hillsborough National Park
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Slade Point ©
Slade Point

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.
On the 16th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a 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

7
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Townsville: Jourama Falls (in Ingham) and Paluma State Forest (in Paluma). Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, get great views at Mount Stuart, and admire the natural beauty at Townsville Palmetum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Townsville trip maker site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Townsville, with highs around 29°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Queensland, Jourama Falls, Paluma State Forest
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Pocket, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then stroll through Mission Beach.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mission Beach trip planner.

Getting from Townsville to Mission Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Pocket, Fishing Charters & Tours, Mamu Tropical Skywalk
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Skydiving

9
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stop by Australian Leather Company, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions website .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Earl Hill, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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