8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Drive:  4​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Bellingen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Nambucca Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Ocean Rafting has been added to your itinerary.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Townsville to Airlie Beach is an approximately 4-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Ocean Rafting ©
Ocean Rafting

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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. To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mackay day trip planning site .

Drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. In January in Mackay, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for Rockhampton on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rockhampton trip tool .

Drive from Mackay to Rockhampton in 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Bundaberg on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Rockhampton

Wildlife Parks
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves

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Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bundaberg road trip planner.

Take a train from Rockhampton to Bundaberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Breweries & Distilleries
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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Dicky Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip tool .

You can fly from Bundaberg to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bellingen.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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Bellingen

Bellingen ©
Bellingen is a small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and then take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellingen trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Bellingen with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Bellingen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll set off for Nambucca Heads on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Bellingen

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, The Boardwalk
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Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk

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Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads ©
Nambucca Heads is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in Nambucca Shire. To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nambucca Heads online holiday planner .

Nambucca Heads is just a stone's throw from Bellingen. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nambucca Heads

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Scotts Head Beach
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V-Wall ©
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