39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Marlborough
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Gladstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Drive:  48​h
11
Perth
— 14 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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 Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Cairns. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): do a tasting at Murdering Point Winery, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gumboot, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Mission Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Adventure Beaches

Side Trips

Murdering Point Winery, Golden Gumboot
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Golden Gumboot ©
Golden Gumboot

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then kick back and relax at The Strand, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and finally go for a walk through Castle Hill. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum, make a trip to Riverway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Townsville visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

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

1
night
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 6th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Heart Reef, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island road trip app .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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 9th (Wed), make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Mackay. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marlborough.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Nature
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1
night
Marlborough

Marlborough ©
Marlborough is a small town and locality in the Shire of Livingstone, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Marlborough Historical Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marlborough trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mackay to Marlborough in 3 hours. January in Marlborough sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Gladstone on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Marlborough

Museums
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Marlborough Historical Museum ©
Marlborough Historical Museum

1
night
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, stroll through Spinnaker Park, get great views at Auckland Hill Lookout, then let little ones run wild at East Shores Water Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gladstone trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marlborough to Gladstone takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum ©

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Hinkler Hall of Aviation and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bundaberg visit planning app .

You can drive from Gladstone to Bundaberg in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip tool .

You can fly from Bundaberg to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

14
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison, South Beach Recreation Reserve, & more), Mandurah Cruises (in Mandurah) and Rockingham (Rockingham Beach & Penguin Island). Pack the 23rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Adventure World Perth Australia. Dedicate the 24th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, do a tasting at Fig Tree Estate, and look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perth trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Brisbane to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Millendon, Henley Brook, Whiteman, Rockingham
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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