16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Mackay
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mission Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Bowen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Landsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Perth

1
night
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluewater Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds. On your second day here, make a splash at Bluewater Lagoon, stroll the grounds of Mackay General Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay day trip planning app .

Perth to Mackay is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in September, with highs in Mackay at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Mackay General Cemetery ©
Mackay General Cemetery

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head off the coast to Magnetic Island National Park and then explore and take pictures at Magnetic Island Forts Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stop by Magnetic Island Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island travel planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Mackay to Magnetic Island with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

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.
On the 30th (Mon), cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Golden Gumboot and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Mission Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Skydiving

1
day
Bowen

Bowen ©
Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Bowen Historical Society and Museum, kick back and relax at Horseshoe Bay, and then kick back and relax at Grays Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bowen route maker .

You can drive from Mission Beach to Bowen in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October in Bowen, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Bowen Historical Society and Museum ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.

Plan my day in Airlie Beach using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Bowen to Airlie Beach by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Bowen in October, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef

1
night
Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Rockhampton Art Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves. On the next day, meet the residents at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, then stop by Coastal Funk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Farnborough Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rockhampton travel route tool .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Rockhampton by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rockhampton: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Landsborough.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Yeppoon
Highlights from your plan
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Landsborough

Landsborough ©
Landsborough is a small town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dularcha National Park.

Plan trip to Landsborough with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rockhampton to Landsborough. When traveling from Rockhampton in October, plan for little chillier days in Landsborough, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Landsborough

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dularcha National Park ©
Dularcha National Park

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge and Pelican Feeding. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Landsborough to Gold Coast in 2 hours. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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