18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia attractions planner

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Cooktown
— 2 nights
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Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
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Daintree
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Palm Cove
— 1 night
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Mission Beach
— 2 nights
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Rockhampton
— 1 night
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Byron Bay
— 2 nights
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Nelson Bay
— 2 nights
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Cooktown

— 2 nights
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cooktown History Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Eliabeth Guzsely Gallery, and then head outdoors with Great Northern Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Finch Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Grassy Hill, and then stroll around Cooktown War Memorial.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cooktown itinerary planning tool.

Sydney to Cooktown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Cape Tribulation

— 2 nights
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.
Visit Thornton Beach and Myall Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm and Daintree Entomological museum. Step out of Cape Tribulation with an excursion to Cow Bay Beach in Cow Bay--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Dubuji Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cooktown to Cape Tribulation takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Daintree

— 1 night
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Start your trip to Daintree by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Daintree takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Daintree are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Daintree

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Daintree to Port Douglas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You will leave for Palm Cove on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Baths

Palm Cove

— 1 night
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 23rd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Village Gallery and then stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach.

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

You can drive from Port Douglas to Palm Cove in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mission Beach

— 2 nights
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mission Beach road trip site.

Traveling by car from Palm Cove to Mission Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Rockhampton

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockhampton day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mission Beach to Rockhampton takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Rockhampton, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Byron Bay.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
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Byron Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Lone Goat Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Day Spa @ Byron Women's Retreat. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Byron Bay takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rockhampton in April; daily highs in Byron Bay reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Parks

Nelson Bay

— 2 nights
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fly Point, then view the masterpieces at Port Stephens Community Art Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Feet First Dive and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Sand Dune Safaris.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nelson Bay trip planner.

Fly from Byron Bay to Nelson Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.