8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Trinity Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

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Melbourne to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Castle Hill, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and then stroll through The Strand.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville travel planner.

Fly from Cairns to Townsville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Townsville when traveling from Cairns in June, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Townsville

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

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Lookout, cool off at Bluewater Lagoon, and then make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mackay day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Townsville to Mackay. While traveling from Townsville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackay, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay Aqua Park ©
Mackay Aqua Park
Lamberts Lookout ©
Lamberts Lookout

2
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 14th (Fri): stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon, stop by Beach Book Boutique, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Mackay to Airlie Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mackay in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Airlie Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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