40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Katherine
— 7 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
2
Mission Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lucinda
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Charters Towers
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Townsville
— 10 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 6 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cairns

7
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katherine: Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge (in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)) and Mataranka (Bitter Springs & Elsey Cemetery National Reserve). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nitmiluk National Park, get great views at Bukbukluk Lookout, and explore the striking landscape at Katherine Gorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Katherine day trip planning site .

Cairns to Katherine is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Katherine hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mataranka, Kakadu National Park, Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge ©
Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge

4
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Step out of Mission Beach with an excursion to Tully Gorge National Park in Tully--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Djiru National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, stop by Charley's Chocolate Factory, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mission Beach road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Katherine to Mission Beach in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lucinda.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tully
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Skydiving

5
nights
Lucinda

Lucinda ©
Lucinda is a coastal town in the state of Queensland, Australia, located at the southern entrance to Hinchinbrook Channel near the town of Ingham. Get out of town with these interesting Lucinda side-trips: Ingham (TYTO Wetlands, Wallaman Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Absolute North Charters and take a leisurely stroll along Lucinda Jetty.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucinda trip planner.

Getting from Mission Beach to Lucinda by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Lucinda

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ingham
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Wallaman Falls ©
Wallaman Falls
Absolute North Charters ©
Absolute North Charters
Jourama Falls ©
Jourama Falls

6
nights
Charters Towers

Charters Towers ©
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. Charters Towers is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of life in the country at Leahton Park, contemplate the long history of Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre, examine the collection at The Miner's Cottage, and don't miss a visit to Buckland's Hill.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Charters Towers vacation maker app .

You can drive from Lucinda to Charters Towers in 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Townsville on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Charters Towers

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
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Charters Towers Venus Gold Battery ©
Leahton Park ©
Leahton Park
Zara Clark Museum ©
Zara Clark Museum

10
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.
Take a break from Townsville with a short trip to Ayr Nature Display in Ayr, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a walk through Castle Hill, and stroll through Many Peaks Walking Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip planner .

Drive from Charters Towers to Townsville in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ayr Nature Display
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Magnetic Island is known for nature, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Balding Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and play a few rounds at Magnetic Island Country Club.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip maker website .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In November, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park