40 days in Australia Itinerary

40 days in Australia Itinerary

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40 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  4​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 16 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Rainbow Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Cove Beach and Historic Village Herberton. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

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Adelaide to Cairns is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, Cairns is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Historic Village Herberton
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, kick back and relax at Mission Beach, and then stroll through Paronella Park. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hinchinbrook Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Mission Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hinchinbrook Island, Paronella Park
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Paronella Park ©
Paronella Park
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

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 18th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pinnacles Gallery, then make a trip to Riverway, and finally make a trip to Jezzine Barracks. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville online travel route planner .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Townsville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Townsville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Whitsunday Great Walk and Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout. When in Airlie Beach, make a side trip to see Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen, approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 21st (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Abell Point Marina, stop by Whitsunday Opals, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip website .

Take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bowen
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk

16
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Roma Street Parkland and Dreamworld. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Main Beach (Sea World Theme Park & Marina Mirage), Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and WhiteWater World (in Coomera). On the 5th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Main Range National Park. Spend the 6th (Tue) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, and take in the views from Story Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Brisbane, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Main Range National Park, Queens Park, Bee Gees Way, Dicky Beach
Find places to stay Oct 22 — Nov 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Distillery Tours
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ninderry, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Cartwright.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Noosa online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Mount Ninderry
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mount Ninderry ©
Mount Ninderry

1
night
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Carlo Sand Blow, visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse, and then explore the activities along Poona Lake.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rainbow Beach trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
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Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake
Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, then contemplate the long history of Mary Ann Steam Locomotive, then get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Burrum Heads Beach. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Australiana Cottage Crafts, then have fun at Point Dayman Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay road trip planning website .

Getting from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay by car takes about 2 hours. November in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maryborough, Burrum Heads Beach
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©
Mary Poppins Statue ©
Mary Poppins Statue

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then trek along Coastal walk. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Port Macquarie takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hervey Bay in November: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): appreciate the history behind The Big Banana, get great views at Forest Sky Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, then meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, and then kick back and relax at Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in November, you will find days in Coffs Harbour are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park ©
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 17th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Byron Walking Track, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ainsworth, then get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay online journey maker .

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in November, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, Lake Ainsworth
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Byron Bay in November, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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