40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  4​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
4
Daydream Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
5
Hayman Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Mission Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
9
Townsville
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Kuranda
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Mossman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Cooktown
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
15
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, try your luck at The Reef Hotel Casino, and then identify plant and animal life at Michaelmas Cay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns road trip planner.

Brisbane to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

1
night
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 4th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Whitsunday Island can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Daydream Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
nights
Daydream Island

Daydream Island
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Daydream Island trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Whitsunday Island to Daydream Island with the Route module. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Daydream Island, with lows of 75°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Hayman Island.

Things to do in Daydream Island

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

1
night
Hayman Island

Hayman Island
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Hiking & Bushwalks One&Only Hayman Island.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hayman Island trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Daydream Island to Hayman Island with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Hayman Island are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Hayman Island

Wildlife Outdoors Beaches
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3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hayman Island to Hamilton Island. In December, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

3
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Take a break from the city and head to Mission Beach and Djiru National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tully Gorge National Park and Mamu Tropical Skywalk. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Murdering Point Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Mission Arts, and take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mission Beach trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hamilton Island to Mission Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tully, Murdering Point Winery, Mamu Tropical Skywalk
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Djiru National Park ©
Djiru National Park
Tully Gorge National Park ©
Tully Gorge National Park

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Big Mama Sailing and Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail. Visit West Point and Geoffrey Bay for some beach relaxation.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island vacation builder website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Mission Beach to Magnetic Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

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 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, then stroll through The Strand, and then view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Paluma, then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek, and then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

Plan my Townsville trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. In December, daytime highs in Townsville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Townsville

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Take a break from the city and head to Birdworld Kuranda and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like BatReach and Barron Falls. Explore Kuranda's surroundings by going to Golden Drop Mango Winery (in Biboohra) and Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve (in Mareeba). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands, learn more about the world around you at Emu Ridge Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Honey House.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuranda trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Townsville to Kuranda in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Kuranda can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Golden Drop Mango Winery, Mareeba Tropical Savannah and Wetland Reserve, Cattana Wetlands
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout and then step off the mainland to explore Upolu Cay. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ellis Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove trip itinerary planning website .

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Kuranda. In December, daytime highs in Palm Cove are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ellis Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Upolu Cay, Rex Lookout, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Ellis Beach ©
Ellis Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill

3
nights
Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Janbal Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mossman trip maker tool .

Drive from Palm Cove to Mossman in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Mossman

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Mount Lewis National Park, Daintree Wild Zoo, Miallo Japanese Bombing Site, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Mount Lewis National Park ©
Mount Lewis National Park
Wonga Beach ©
Wonga Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Myall Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip builder website .

Getting from Mossman to Cape Tribulation by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 1st (Tue), hike along Keating's Lagoon, look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, then kick back and relax at Finch Bay, and finally view the masterpieces at Kuku Bulkaway Aboriginal Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Trevethan Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Black Mountain National Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cooktown Botanical Gardens.

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You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown in 3 hours. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Finch Bay ©
Finch Bay
Fishing Charters & Tours
Trevethan Falls ©
Trevethan Falls

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the water at your own pace with Whitsunday Bullet, then tour the water at your own pace with Boab Boat Hire Airlie Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, stop by Beach Book Boutique, then stroll through Whitsunday Great Walk, and finally head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cooktown to Airlie Beach. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsunday Bullet ©
Whitsunday Bullet
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Whitsunday Islands ©
Whitsunday Islands

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Smalleys Beach and Town Beach. Relax by the water at Harbour Beach and Lamberts Lookout. When in Mackay, make a side trip to see Cape Palmerston National Park in Ilbilbie, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Slade Point, look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, and take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mackay journey planning website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mackay by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Palmerston National Park, Smalleys Beach
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Cape Palmerston National Park ©
Cape Palmerston National Park
Slade Point ©
Slade Point

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