39 days in Australia Itinerary

39 days in Australia Itinerary

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39 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Bundaberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Gladstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rockhampton
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Mackay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
9
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Bowen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Ayr
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
13
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
14
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  29​h
15
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  16​h 30​min
16
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
17
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 10th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island tour app .

Brisbane to Fraser Island is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In October in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

2
nights
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, see the interesting displays at Hinkler Hall of Aviation, then admire the natural beauty at Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, and finally meet the residents at Bundaberg Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Amandine Lavender and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos.

Plan a Bundaberg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Bundaberg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. October in Bundaberg sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gladstone.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Amandine Lavender
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Bundaberg Botanic Gardens ©
Bundaberg Botanic Gardens
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Hinkler Hall of Aviation ©
Hinkler Hall of Aviation

3
nights
Gladstone

Gladstone ©
Gladstone is a city in the Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Spinnaker Park, let the kids burn off some steam at East Shores Water Park, then stroll through Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Canoe Point Beach and Parklands. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Eurimbula National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gladstone trip builder .

Drive from Bundaberg to Gladstone in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bundaberg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gladstone, with lows of 21°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Gladstone

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tannum Sands, Eurimbula National Park
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Tondoon Botanic Gardens ©
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Eurimbula National Park ©
Eurimbula National Park
Spinnaker Park ©
Spinnaker Park

2
nights
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kershaw Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, then see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rockhampton visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Gladstone to Rockhampton takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bluewater Trail, and then cool off at Mackay Aqua Park. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, and then get great views at Slade Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mackay trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Rockhampton to Mackay by car takes about 4 hours. In October in Mackay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors
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Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ©
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Orchid Display House ©
Orchid Display House

1
night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
On the 21st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Smalleys Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cape Hillsborough vacation maker site .

You can drive from Mackay to Cape Hillsborough in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Parks Nature Beaches
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Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

3
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 23rd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): make a trip to Passage Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 28th (Sun), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Traveling from Hamilton Island in October, Whitsunday Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
nights
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 30th (Tue), make a trip to Mother Beddock Rock, then don't miss a visit to Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Grays Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bowen holiday tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Bowen. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ayr.

Things to do in Bowen

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Grays Bay ©
Grays Bay
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout ©
Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout

1
night
Ayr

Ayr ©
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.GeographyAyr is located 88km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Ayr trip app .

Traveling by car from Bowen to Ayr takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bowen in October since evenings lows in Ayr dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Ayr

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Home Hill
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Ayr Nature Display ©
Ayr Nature Display

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 2nd (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, then stroll through The Strand, and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Townsville itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Ayr to Townsville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Townsville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the ferry ride to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Magnetic Island trip itinerary planner .

Magnetic Island is just a short distance from Townsville. In November, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, hike along Kuniya Walk, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 11th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then stroll through Adelaide Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Gum Tree Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Adelaide trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Adelaide takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for cooler days in Adelaide, with highs around 28°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Old Gum Tree Reserve
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Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell visit planner .

You can drive from Adelaide to Port Campbell in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Otway Lightstation, Twelve Apostles
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Cape Otway Lightstation ©
Cape Otway Lightstation

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