17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Sydney
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Maryborough
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Bundaberg
— 1 night
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Rockhampton
— 2 nights
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Mackay
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 4 nights
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Charters Towers
— 1 night
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Emerald
— 1 night
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Roma
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St George
— 1 night
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Lightning Ridge
— 2 nights
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Sydney

The Harbour City

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.
To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 16th (Tue), you're off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary website.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Maryborough.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Maryborough

Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Your day by day itinerary now includes Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens as well as Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, learn about all things military at Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Maryborough City Hall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Maryborough route maker.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Maryborough takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Maryborough can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Maryborough

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Bundaberg

— 1 night
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Your day by day itinerary now includes Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): learn the secrets of production at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bundaberg road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Maryborough to Bundaberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Tours
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Rockhampton

— 2 nights
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes FLOW Visitors Centre, Capricorn Caves and Rockhampton Heritage Village. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at FLOW Visitors Centre and then take a stroll around Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves and then take an in-depth tour of Rockhampton Heritage Village.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rockhampton trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Bundaberg to Rockhampton by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Mackay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Mackay

Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackay visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rockhampton to Mackay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Mackay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Reefstar Cruises.

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

You can drive from Mackay to Airlie Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mackay in July, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Cairns

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rusty's Market, Sweet Farm Tours, Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Charters Towers.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Charters Towers

— 1 night
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. You've now added Texas Longhorn Tours to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sat), get a taste of life in the country at Leahton Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Charters Towers trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Charters Towers takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Emerald.

Things to do in Charters Towers

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Emerald

— 1 night
Emerald has massive rainfall and floods every year, but it's also a place where you can drink local wine while you peruse a display of locally mined gemstones in the town's quiet center.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Emerald trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Charters Towers to Emerald takes 5 hours. July in Emerald sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Roma on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Emerald

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Roma

Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Big Rig and then don't miss a visit to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Roma road trip planner.

Getting from Emerald to Roma by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St George.
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St George

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): browse the exhibits of The Unique Egg.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the St George trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Roma to St George by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Lightning Ridge.

Things to do in St George

Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Lightning Ridge

— 2 nights
Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia, in Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, about six kilometres east of the Castlereagh Highway, and is served in commercial activities by the town of Walgett, some 75 km to the south. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for gifts at Lost Sea Opals, explore the historical opulence of Amigos Castle, and then play a few rounds at Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club Ltd. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Cooper's Cottage, take an in-depth tour of Lightning Ridge Heritage Cottage Hospital Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Australian Opal Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Bevans Cactus Nursery, then take in the exciting artwork at John Murray Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Kangaroo Hill Complex.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lightning Ridge tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from St George to Lightning Ridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lightning Ridge

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.