17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Fitzroy
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Kuranda
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
5
Palm Cove
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Mission Beach
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Arcadia
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Mackay
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
9
Cape Hillsborough
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Fitzroy

Fitzroy ©
Fitzroy is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District in the local government area of the City of Yarra. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Australian Print Workshop.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fitzroy trip planner .

Brisbane to Fitzroy is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In November, Fitzroy is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Fitzroy

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Woodlands Park, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Scienceworks
Highlights from your plan
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Woodlands Park ©
Woodlands Park

1
night
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Birdworld Kuranda, then sample the tasty concoctions at Macalister Brewing Company, and finally admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuranda trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fitzroy to Kuranda. When traveling from Fitzroy in November, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Kuranda: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Macalister Brewing Company, Crystal Cascades
Highlights from your plan
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Macalister Brewing Company ©
Macalister Brewing Company

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Cow Bay (Walu Wugirriga Lookout & Daintree Discovery Centre). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and stroll through Myall Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kuranda to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. November in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Photography Tours
Highlights from your plan
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Photography Tours

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by With Sugar, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Port Douglas fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Trinity Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, then stop by Village Gallery, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Cove road trip planning website .

Palm Cove is very close to Port Douglas. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Rex Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

1
night
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 28th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Golden Gumboot, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then browse the exhibits of Helen Wiltshire Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mission Beach trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Palm Cove to Mission Beach in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Golden Gumboot
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
day
Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the activities along Arthur Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay.

You can plan Arcadia trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mission Beach to Arcadia. In November in Arcadia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Arcadia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Magnetic Island
Highlights from your plan
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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 30th (Sat), make a splash at Mackay Aqua Park, then take some stellar pictures from Lamberts Beach Lookout, and then cool off at Bluewater Lagoon.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackay trip site .

Explore your travel options from Arcadia to Mackay with the Route module. In November in Mackay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Hillsborough.

Things to do in Mackay

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Lamberts Beach Lookout ©
Lamberts Beach Lookout

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night
Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cape Hillsborough National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Hillsborough online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mackay to Cape Hillsborough in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cape Hillsborough

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hillsborough National Park ©
Cape Hillsborough National Park

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 2nd (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Into The Blue Gallery, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip builder tool .

Getting from Cape Hillsborough to Airlie Beach by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Jetryder, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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