41 days in Australia Itinerary

41 days in Australia Itinerary

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41 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  26​h
1
Brisbane
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Noosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Maryborough
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Townsville
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cairns
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Zurich

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Dreamworld (in Coomera) and Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday maker site .

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 changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zurich in July, with highs in Brisbane at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, then take in the waterfront at The Wharf, and then cool off at Sea Life Sunshine Coast.

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 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Sea Life Sunshine Coast ©
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

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 16th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take a leisurely stroll along The Pier, 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 18th (Thu) early enough to travel 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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy some diversion at Wook-Koo Park, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, then admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall, then pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, and finally contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon, then brush up on your military savvy at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Bond Store Museum, and finally let little ones run wild at Queens Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Maryborough day trip website .

Maryborough is just a stone's throw from Hervey Bay. In July in Maryborough, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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 20th (Sat): 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, make a trip to Singing Ship, then don't miss a visit to Wreck Point Scenic Lookout, and finally admire the local landmark of Keppel Kraken.

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 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Cape Hillsborough National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluewater Trail, 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 23rd (Tue) so you can travel 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

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.
On the 24th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Mackay to Airlie Beach takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mackay in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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

6
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 Jourama Falls in Ingham, about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Bowling Green Bay National Park. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart, take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, and take in nature's colorful creations at Townsville Palmetum.

Before you visit Townsville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, you will find days in Townsville are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Jourama Falls
Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:
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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Mission Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

Make your Mission Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Mission Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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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 Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach), Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness & Daintree National Park). Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

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 August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation, Earl Hill, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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